Who is Eve Tramar Dillard? The entertainment and Rap World knows Flo Rida as an American rapper and singer. He released his debut album, Mail on Sunday, in March 2008. His debut single “Low“, featuring T-Pain, was a #1 hit for ten weeks in United States in early 2008. Two other singles resulted from Mail on Sunday: “Elevator” and “In the Ayer“. In 2009, his second album R.O.O.T.S. was released; its most successful single “Right Round” was at the top of the Hot 100 for six weeks. Since then, he has released his third studio album titled Only One Flo (Part 1), which will see a sequel titled Only One Rida (Part 2).
Tramar Dillard was born December 16, 1979 in the 187th Street projects of Carol City, Florida. His single mother raised him and his seven sisters, some of whom sang in a local gospel group. Dillard’s brother-in-law was a hypeman for local rap group 2 Live Crew, and, while in Ninth Grade, Dillard formed his own amateur group with some friends called the Groundhoggz. His work with 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice attracted attention of DeVante Swing, a member of the band Jodeci. However, he was rejected by several of the major labels, so he sought many other jobs outside of music. After graduating from high school in 1998, he studied international business management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years and attended Barry University for two months. He returned to Florida to continue pursuing his music career after receiving a phone call from a representative of the independent label Poe Boy Entertainment. Dillard signed with Poe Boy in 2006, and as Flo Rida he began affiliating with other artists, such as Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain, and Trick Daddy. A promotional street single entitled “Birthday”, featuring Rick Ross, was his first significant release. He made his debut guest appearance with the song “Bitch I’m from Dade County” on DJ Khaled‘s album We the Best, which featured Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Brisco, C-Ride, and Dre.
Mail on Sunday (2007–08)
Flo Rida’s first single was “Low“, featuring T-Pain. It was his first official single from his debut album Mail On Sunday and the soundtrack to the movie Step Up 2: The Streets. “Low” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Elevator“, featuring Timbaland, “In the Ayer” featuring will.i.am, and “Roll” featuring Sean Kingston followed and all charted on the Hot 100 and other charts.
After the success of Mail on Sunday, Flo Rida made guest performances on other R&B, rap, and pop singles, including “Move Shake Drop” by DJ Laz, “We Break the Dawn” by Michelle Williams, the remix of “4 Minutes” by Madonna, “Running Back” by Australian R&B singer Jessica Mauboy, “Feel It” by DJ Felli Fel, and the remix of “Speedin’” by Rick Ross. During the summer of 2008, he did live performances on the Fox dance competition program So You Think You Can Dance in the US and 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada. He appeared on the albums We Global by DJ Khaled, Gutta by Ace Hood, and The Fame by Lady Gaga, among others.
According to Billboard magazine, Flo Rida began recording his sophomore nine months after Mail On Sunday. The album is titled R.O.O.T.S. and was released on March 31, 2009. The first single “Right Round” featured Ke$ha and was released for airplay in January 2009. “Right Round” jumped from number 58 to the top spot in one week in late February. The song broke a record for the most digital one week sales in the U.S., with 636,000, beating the previous record he had set himself with “Low“. “Right Round” sampled “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)“, a 1985 hit by Dead or Alive. The second official single was “Sugar“, which featured R&B singer Wynter Gordon. The song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles were “Jump” featuring Nelly Furtado, which reached #54 on the Hot 100 and was the promotional single for the animated film G-Force, and “Be On You” featuring Ne-Yo, which reached #19 on the Hot 100. In addition to singles from his own album, Flo Rida made guest performances on “Feel It” by DJ Felli Fel, “Starstruck” by Lady Gaga, and “Feel It” by Three 6 Mafia. “Bad Boys“, the first single by winner of British reality show The X Factor Alexandra Burke that featured Flo Rida, debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart in October.
Only One Flo (Part 1) (2010)
Flo Rida’s third album Only One Flo (Part 1) was released on November 24, 2010. In March 2010, Flo Rida announced on Twitter that the album would be titled The Only One. Billboard reported that The Only One was to be a double album. “Club Can’t Handle Me“, produced by David Guetta, was the first official single and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Flo Rida also made guest appearances on “iYiYi“, a song by Australian teen singer Cody Simpson, and on the song “Out My Video” by Bulgarian singer LiLana. Flo Rida collaborated with UK girl group The Saturdays, recording a new version of the girl’s single, “Higher“.
In December 2010, the Associated Press reported that Flo Rida had created his own label, International Music Group, inspired by Nicki Minaj‘s signing with Lil Wayne‘s. He has signed an 18 year-old rapper, Brianna and Git Fresh  to International.
- Mail on Sunday (2008)
- R.O.O.T.S. (2009)
- Only One Flo (Part 1) (2010)
- Only One Rida (Part 2) (2011)
Awards and nominations
|2008||American Music Awards||Breakthrough Performer||Nominated|
|Favourite Male Hip-Hop Artist||Nominated|
|BET Awards||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|BET Hip Hop Awards||Ringtone of the Year (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|Rookie of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Hip-Hop Collabo (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|MuchMusic Video Awards||Best International Video (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Favourite International Video (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Hip-Hop Video (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|Best Male Video (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|Ozone Awards||Breathrough Artist||Nominated|
|Club Banger of the Year (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout Artist||Nominated|
|Choice Rap Artist||Nominated|
|Choice Hook-Up (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|2009||ARIA Music Awards||Breakthrough Artist Single (“Running Back” with Jessica Mauboy)||Nominated|
|Highest Selling Single (“Running Back” with Jessica Mauboy)||Won|
|APRA Awards||Urban Work of the Year (“Running Back” with Jessica Mauboy)||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|Best Rap Song (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|MOBO Awards||Best Song (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|MTV Australia Awards||Best Video (“Low” with T-Pain)||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration (“Running Back” with Jessica Mauboy)||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Hip-Hop Video (“Right Round” with Kesha)||Nominated|
|NT Indigenous Music Awards||Single Release of the Year (“Running Back” with Jessica Mauboy)||Won|
|People’s Choice Awards||Favourite Hip-Hop Song (“Low” with T-Pain)||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Best Hip-Hop Rap Track (“Right Round” with Kesha)||Nominated|
|2010||APRA Awards||Urban Work of the Year (“Running Back” with Jessica Mauboy)||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Rap Album (R.O.O.T.S.)||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Awards||Hip-Hop Artist of the Year||Nominated|
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Who is Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters? The professional tennis world know Kim Clijsters as a Belgian professional tennis player. As of 23 May 2011, Clijsters is ranked No. 2 in singles and is a former World No. 1 in both singles and doubles.
Clijsters is the reigning singles champion at the US Open and the Australian Open. She has also won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011. She has also been runner-up in four Grand Slam singles tournaments, and won the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002, 2003 and 2010. In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003. Clijsters announced her retirement with immediate effect on 6 May 2007, but almost two years later, on 26 March 2009, she publicly declared her intent to return to the WTA tour for the 2009 summer hard court season. In only her third tournament back, she won her second US Open title, becoming the first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament, and the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.
Clijsters was born on 8 June 1983, in Bilzen, Limburg, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. She is the daughter of Lei Clijsters, a former international footballer, and Els Vandecaetsbeek, a former national gymnastics champion. Lei Clijsters died of skin cancer on 4 January 2009. Clijsters says that she inherited footballer’s legs from her father and a gymnast’s flexibility from her mother. Kim’s younger sister Elke finished 2002 as the ITF World Junior Doubles champion and retired in 2004 after back injuries.
Clijsters is recognized for her deep, powerful, well-placed groundstrokes. She can hit outright winners off both wings and from any part of the court. Her forehand is one of the best and most powerful the women’s game has ever seen, yet occasionally erratic and prone to unforced errors; her backhand is more reliable and consistent, and can be hit with heavy slice as a defensive shot. Clijsters is also recognised for her all-court defence, characterized by speed and athleticism. Clijsters, along with Jelena Janković and Svetlana Kuznetsova, is among the few tennis players on either the Association of Tennis Professionals or Women’s Tennis Association tours who can slide (or “straddle”) on all surfaces. Maria Sharapova, interviewed after losing to Clijsters in the 2005 Nasdaq-100 Open, said, “You just have to expect that she’s going to get every ball back”. Her first serve, while not overwhelming, is placed well and earns aces and unreturnables. Clijsters tends to rush between first and second serves, which may contribute to her occasional matches with high numbers of double faults. A former World No. 1 player in doubles, Clijsters has exceptional volleys; she has no problem switching from baseline to finishing points at the net with a volley or over-head. Her mental fragility was considered her biggest weakness, and at the earlier stages of her career she was considered a “choker”, often surrendering big leads in the latter rounds of Grand Slams. Since winning the 2005 US Open, Clijsters has gained more control over her nerves and since her return to the tour in 2009 she has been known, along with Serena Williams, as among the toughest players to beat mentally. She is now seen as capable of rising to the occasion and playing her best tennis at the important stages of matches. Clijsters is also considered to be one of the most popular players on the tour, known for her grace on the court and even temper. She has been voted the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award by her fellow players seven times and the WTA Player Service Award three times.
Clijsters was an accomplished junior player. In singles, she finished as runner-up in the 1998 Wimbledon junior event, finishing 11th in the year-end singles ranking. In the same year in doubles, Clijsters won the French Open title with Jelena Dokić defeating Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova in the final as well the US Open with Eva Dyrberg defeating former partner Dokic in the final. Clijsters ended the season as number four in the International Tennis Federation junior doubles world ranking.
In 1999, Clijsters made her breakthrough professionally. At her first WTA tournament in Antwerp, she qualified and lost to the eventual finalist Sarah Pitkowski-Malcor in the quarterfinal after failing to convert a matchpoint. Playing through the qualifying rounds at Roehampton, only after four others had dropped out, she made it through the main draw of Wimbledon. Clijsters won six matches in a row while only losing 25 games. She defeated tenth ranked Amanda Coetzer en route to the fourth round, during which Clijsters lost to her childhood idol Steffi Graf in straight sets, in difficult rainy circumstances. Later that summer, Clijsters reached the third round of the US Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams after serving for the match. In the autumn, Clijsters won her first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles title at Luxembourg. She followed up with her first WTA doubles title at Bratislava, partnering Laurence Courtois. At the end of the year, she was granted the WTA Most Impressive Newcomer award, the only Belgian player to have received this trophy.
Clijsters climbed up the rankings over the next couple of years. In 2001, she reached her first Tier I final at the tournament in Indian Wells, California, losing to Serena Williams in a match overshadowed by controversy. Clijsters also reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati 12–10 in the third set. This two-hour, 21-minute match featured the longest third set in a French Open women’s final. Clijsters was four times within two points of winning before Capriati prevailed. Her next important breakthrough came at the end of 2002, when she won the year-end Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles, defeating top ranked Serena Williams in the final. This was only the fifth defeat of the year for Williams and snapped her 18-match winning streak. On her way to the final, Clijsters defeated fourth ranked Justine Henin and second ranked Venus Williams, becoming just the fourth player to beat both of the Williams sisters in the same event. She also equaled the event’s record for the fewest games dropped.
Clijsters started her season at the Adidas International, where she won her first tournament of the year defeating Lindsey Davenport in straight sets in the final. Clijsters reached the final after defeating Patty Schnyder, Chanda Rubin and Justine Henin. At the Australian Open, Clijsters lost in the semi-final to Serena Williams 4–6, 6–3, 7–5 after holding 5 match points. On the way to the semis Clijsters lost just fifteen games beating Samantha Reeves and completing a double bagel (wherein the opposing player fails to win a single game) against Petra Mandula. Then continuing to win in straight sets against Tatiana Poutchek, Amanda Coetzer and Anastasia Myskina. and at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, where she defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final.
Clijsters reached the final of the WTA German Open after defeating Jennifer Capriati 6–4 in the final set. In the final she played Justine Henin and squandered three match points as Clijsters lost the final set 7–5. To compound the day Clijsters also lost the doubles final 6–4 in the final set.
Clijsters’ third title of the year came at the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome, where she defeated Amélie Mauresmo in the final, white washing the Frenchwoman in the final set. After Clijsters had defeated Myskina and doubles partner Ai Sugiyama to make the final.
At the French Open Clijsters’ reached the final for the second time in three years after defeating Nadia Petrova. In the final Clijsters lost 6–0, 6–4 to Henin at the US open, 7–5, 6–1. She also lost in the semi-final at Wimbledon to Venus Williams after leading by a set and a break. On 11 August 2003, Clijsters attained the World No. 1 ranking, holding the spot for 12 non-consecutive weeks during the remainder of the year, and was the first player to be top ranked by the WTA without first winning a Grand Slam singles title.
On 18 August 2003, Clijsters also attained the World No. 1 ranking in doubles, joining a very select group of only four players of Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport having reached the World number one ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously. By 2010, only Serena Williams has managed to join this group.
The World No. 1 ranking was again at stake in October during the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany. Clijsters rallied from a set down to beat Henin. The match marked only the eighth time that the top two players battled for the top ranking. Even though Clijsters won that match, she finished the year ranked World No. 2, just behind Henin.
Clijsters started 2004 by playing in the Hopman Cup. During the tie against Australia, Clijsters injured her ankle against Alicia Molik. Clijsters was on crutches for a few days and feared she may need surgery. Clijsters pulled out of the Adidas International due to the injury Clijsters did recover in time to reach her fourth career Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where she lost once more to Henin. After defeating in straight sets Marlene Weingärtner, Maria Elena Camerin (With a double bagal), Dinara Safina, Silvia Farina Elia, Anastasia Myskina (during the match Clijsters aggravated her ankle injury) and Patty Schnyder to reach the final. Clijsters then won two consecutive titles in Paris and Antwerp. In Paris Clijsters defeated local favourite Mary Pierce in the final. To reach the final Clijsters defeated Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo, Farina Elia and Safina. In Antwerp. While defending her Tier I title at the Pacific Life Open Clijsters injured her wrist during her win against Angelika Roesch, in her first match. Clijsters withdrew ahead of her second match with the injury being described as a bruised bone. Clijsters withdrew from the event in Miami the next week Clijsters then appeared six weeks later in her home town of Bree to play in a Fed Cup tie against Croatia winning both of her rubbers. Clijsters returned to the tour in Berlin and needed three sets to see off Marta Marrero Clijsters then pulled out of her second match and then was told to rest for five weeks causing her to miss the French Open. Clijsters then had surgery to remove a cyst causing her to miss three months of the tour including Wimbledon and the US Open. Clijsters also missed the Olympics, but she had already decided not to play the tournament after a dispute about clothing sponsors. Clijsters returned at the Gaz de France Stars she made the semi finals defeating Iveta Benešová and Magdalena Maleeva; before pulling out in the second set against Elena Bovina. Clijsters had aggravated the injury and although she did not need surgery, she was out for the rest of the season. As well she played down fears that the injury may force her retirement from tennis.
Clijsters missed the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open with injury. In February, after four months out, Clijsters returned to the tour by participating in Antwerp, her first match back was against Jelena Kostanić. Clijsters won in straight sets before losing to Venus Williams in the quarter-finals.
Clijsters, completed her comeback in March and April, when she won, as an unseeded player, 17 matches in a row to claim two Tier I titles and regain a top-20 ranking. At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Clijsters was ranked World No. 133 at the time. The Belgian began by beating Nicole Pratt, Shinobu Asagoe, Anna Chakvetadze and Evgenia Linetskaya all without dropping a set. In the semi final Clijsters defeated World No. 5 Elena Dementieva in straight sets and World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in the final in three sets. The week after that win, Clijsters defeated four top-6 players in straight sets to win the NASDAQ-100 Open. To win the title Clijsters defeated Sandra Kloesel, Amy Frazier, Nathalie Dechy, Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Amélie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova going the whole tournament without dropping a set.
Turning her attention to clay, Clijsters’ winning streak continued at the J&S Cup. Clijsters defeated Tatiana Perebiynis, Maria Kirilenko, and Elena Bovina. Against Bovina Clijsters’ picked up a minor shoulder injury. Clijsters’ 17 match winning streak was finally ended by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Playing next at the WTA German Open Clijsters defeated Yuliana Fedak and Dinara Safina in straight sets before hurting her right knee and retiring against Patty Schnyder. Clijsters recovered in time to play the French Open. Playing in the French Open for the first time in two years Clijsters defeated Meilen Tu, Cervanová and Daniela Hantuchová to advance to the fourth round where she lost to Davenport.
Starting her grass court season at the Hastings Direct International Championships, Clijsters got off to the best possible start by winning the tournament. Clijsters defeated Jelena Janković, Conchita Martínez, Mashona Washington, Kuznetsova and Vera Dushevina to claim her third title of the year. At Wimbledon Clijsters defeated Katie O’Brien, Marissa Irvin Roberta Vinci before facing Davenport in the last 16 for the second slam running. The result was the same as the French Open with the American winning.
After Wimbledon Clijsters went on an amazing run of form where she lost just once between July and October. Clijsters’ run began at the Bank of the West Classic against Ai Sugiyama, and defeated Hantuchová, Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Venus Williams to win her fourth title of the year. Clijsters’ streak continued in San Diego as she defeated Marta Domachowska and Janković before suffering her one and only defeat in this run to Shuai Peng.
After the defeat to Peng, Clijsters continued the run as she went on an amazing winning streak, winning twenty two matches in a row, collecting four straight titles along the way, including her maiden Grand Slam title. The twenty two match streak started against Karolina Šprem and victories over Safina, Nadia Petrova, Francesca Schiavone, saw Clijsters collect her fifth title of the year. The streak continued in Toronto as Clijsters beat Virginie Razzano, Ana Ivanović (Via a Walkover), Flavia Pennetta, Anastasia Myskina and Justine Henin-Hardenne to win the Rogers Cup. After winning three of her four US Summer Hard court tournaments, Clijsters won the US Open Series, which links all the US summer hard courts together and doubles the winners prize money at the US Open. Giving Clijsters a chance to double the $1.1 million US Open winners prize to $2.2 million.
Clijsters won her maiden Grand Slam singles title at the US Open. It was her first victory after reaching four Grand Slam finals previously. Clijsters started by defeating Martina Müller, Fabiola Zuluaga, Ai Sugiyama and María Vento-Kabchi in straight sets to reach the quarter finals. Where Clijsters defeated tenth-seeded Venus Williams in the quarter-finals 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, winning 11 of the last 13 games after Williams had led 6–4, 4–2. Clijsters also needed three sets to defeat top-seeded Sharapova in the semi-final. At the fifth attempt Clijsters won a Grand Slam final defeating Mary Pierce in straight sets. By winning the US Open Series Clijsters doubled her US$1.1 million in prize money she received for winning the US Open, to US$2.2 million. The pay check was the largest payday in women’s sports history.
On 15 September, a week after her US Open victory, it was announced that Clijsters and her coach, Marc Dehous, had parted company, which was due in part to her paying him only $9,000 of her $2,200,000 US Open winnings.
Clijsters’ rich vein of form continued as she extended her streak to 21 wins, even without a coach at the Fortis Championships. Clijsters beat Klara Koukalová, Schiavone, Dechy and Lena Groenefeld all without dropping a set to win her eighth title of the year. The title was Clijsters’ fourth consecutive title. At the Porsche Grand Prix Clijsters defeated Šprem for her twenty second consecutive match win before Dementieva ended the streak.
Clijsters then won her ninth and final tournament of the year at the Gaz de France Stars, defeating Schiavone in the final, to go the whole tournament without dropping a set. Clijsters defeated Ekaterina Bychkova, Šprem, Julia Schruff and Safina to make the final.
At the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, Clijsters was eliminated in the group stage. Clijsters lost her first match, a rematch of the US Open final, to Pierce 6–1, 4–6, 7–6 and her second match to Mauresmo 6–3, 7–6. This left the Belgian needing to win and hope that the results in the other matches went her way. Although results did not go her way and Clijsters was eliminated with one match still to play. Clijsters finished her season by defeating Dementieva, in straight sets. Ending the year ranked World No. 2.
Clijsters started the year by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong. On her way to the title she defeated Jie Zheng, Elena Dementieva, and top ranked Lindsay Davenport. Clijsters then withdrew from her semi-final match at the WTA tournament in Sydney, citing a left hip muscle strain.
At the Australian Open, Clijsters defeated former champion Martina Hingis in the quarter-finals 6–3, 2–6, 6–4 before retiring from her semi-final match with Amélie Mauresmo. Despite the loss, the ranking points she accumulated were enough to regain the World No. 1 ranking, a position she last held on 9 November 2003. She was the first tennis player, male or female, to rise from outside the Top 100 (World No. 134) to World No. 1 in less than a year. Clijsters’ loss to Mauresmo in the Australian Open semi-final was due to an ankle injury. Although she had been expected to miss at least eight weeks to recover, Clijsters returned two weeks later at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp. She lost the final of that tournament to Mauresmo in three sets.
Clijsters won her first title of the year at a clay court event in Warsaw, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. At the French Open in May, Clijsters reached the semi-final without losing a set, defeating Hingis in the quarter-finals 7–6, 6–1. However, she lost to Justine Henin in the semi-final 6–3, 6–2 on her 23rd birthday. She was seeded second going into Wimbledon but was again eliminated in the semi-final by Henin, also in straight sets, 6–4, 7–6(4).
Clijsters collected her second title of the year as the top seed in Stanford, defeating Patty Schnyder in the final. Clijsters then reached the final in San Diego, falling to second-seeded Maria Sharapova in straight sets. This was her first loss to Sharapova in five career meetings.
On 16 August, after receiving a first round bye at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Montreal, Clijsters faced Canadian Stéphanie Dubois in the second round. Having won the first set 6–1 and trailing 2–3 in the second set, Clijsters slipped and fell on her left wrist and was forced to retire from the match. On 18 August 2006, Clijsters announced on her official website that the condition of her wrist was worse than she had expected and that she would be unable to defend her title at the US Open. She also missed the Fed Cup final against Italy, which Italy won 3–2.
Playing in Paris at the Gaz de France Stars tournament, her first event in more than two months, Clijsters successfully defended her title by beating qualifier Kaia Kanepi in the final. At the year-ending WTA Tour Championships, Clijsters lost a semi-final to Mauresmo 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 after defeating Dementieva and Kuznetsova and losing to Sharapova in the round robin phase of the tournament.
2007 was to be Clijsters’ final year on tour as she had planned in 2005 to retire at the end of the 2007 season. Clijsters started the year by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong. On her way to the title, she defeated Zheng Jie, Patty Schnyder, and top ranked Maria Sharapova. Clijsters then won the Medibank International in Sydney, defeating Nicole Pratt, Shahar Pe’er, Li Na and Jelena Janković to claim the title after being match point down in the final.
At the Australian Open Clijsters was the fourth seed. The Belgian started by giving a double bagal to Vasilisa Bardina before going on to defeat Akiko Morigami, Alona Bondarenkoand Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets. Clijsters then defeated sixth seed Martina Hingis in three sets before losing to Sharapova in the semi-finals.
Clijsters next played in Belgium for the final time at the Proximus Diamond Games after pulling out of the Open Gaz de France with a hip injury. When Clijsters said that she was fit she hinted that she may miss the French Open. Clijsters reached the final of the Diamond Games losing to Amélie Mauresmo. Defeating Olga Poutchkova, Ana Ivanović and Tatiana Golovin while on the way to the final without dropping a set.
After this event Clijsters confirmed that she would miss the French Open and US Open, making Wimbledon her last Grand Slam event. The Belgian also added that her last two tournaments would be in Luxembourg and at the WTA Tour Championships in Stuttgart.
At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Clijsters lost in the fourth round to Li Na in three sets. After beating Akiko Morigami and Sam Stosur. A month later in her first clay tournament of the year, at Warsaw Clijsters failed to defend her title when she lost to Julia Vakulenko 7–6(3), 6–3.
On 6 May 2007, citing injuries, Clijsters announced on her official website that she was cutting short her season and bringing forward her plans to retire from professional tennis. Clijsters decided to retire immediately from the sport.
Almost two years after her retirement and one year after the birth of her daughter in February 2008 it was announced that Clijsters, along with Tim Henman, Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi, would play an exhibition event on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in May, in order to test the new roof on centre court.
While preparing for the exhibition at Wimbledon, Clijsters called a press conference on the 26 March and then announced that she was returning to professional tennis. She said that she had been inspired when preparing for the Wimbledon roof event during January 2009. Clijsters stated that she had asked for wildcards for the Cincinnati and Toronto tournaments. Additionally, Clijsters had also asked for a wildcard at the US Open, after which she planned to evaluate the comeback in terms of success and the feasibility of combining it with her family life. Clijsters also stated that she preferred to think of it as a “second career” instead of a comeback, because so many factors (marriage, a baby, the recent death of her father) were different compared to her first career.
At the Wimbledon exhibition Clijsters and Henman won 7–6 in a tiebreak against Graf and Agassi. Clijsters also played a singles rubber against Graf, winning 6–4. Clijsters said at the event she had been practicing for a month from January and had started to feel good again at the start of February, then Wimbledon was confirmed and that is what pushed her to commit to pro tennis again. In July, she won both of her doubles matches with the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.
Clijsters started her second career at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati, following the acceptance of her wildcard. She defeated World No. 13 Marion Bartoli in the first round 6–4, 6–3. In her next two matches, she defeated World No. 20 Patty Schnyder 6–2, 7–5 and World No. 6 and reigning French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 4–6, 6–2. In the quarterfinals, she lost to World No. 1 Dinara Safina 6–2, 7–5.
Following Cincinnati Clijsters played at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on another wildcard. She defeated British qualifier Elena Baltacha in the first round. In the second round, she defeated World No. 9 Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 4–6, 6–1 but lost to World No. 4 Jelena Janković in the third round 1–6, 6–3, 7–5, after serving for the match at 5–3.
She then received a wildcard to play in the main draw of the US Open. She easily won her first round match over Viktoriya Kutuzova 6–1, 6–1. She won her second round match, defeating World No. 14 Marion Bartoli for the second time in three weeks 5–7, 6–1, 6–2. She then defeated compatriot Kirsten Flipkens 6–0, 6–2 in the third round. She went on to upset World No. 3 Venus Williams in the fourth round 6–0, 0–6, 6–4. This was only Clijsters’ 11th competitive match since coming out of retirement. Clijsters beat 18th seed Li Na in straight sets 6–2, 6–4 to reach the semi-finals where she faced defending champion and World No. 2 Serena Williams, winning 6–4, 7–5 after Williams was given a point penalty on match point after a dispute with an official over a foot fault call. Clijsters became the first unseeded finalist at the US Open since Venus Williams in 1997, and the first wildcard to ever reach the US Open final. With her victory over Serena, Clijsters became the only player to have beaten both Williams sisters in the same tournament twice. In the final she defeated ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki 7–5, 6–3 to win her second US Open title. Her US Open victory placed her in the top 20 in the world rankings. She also became the first Wild Card champion in US Open history and the first mother to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon in 1980. Clijsters is popularly known as one of the “comeback queens” of tennis. Clijsters then received a wildcard to play at the 2009 BGL Luxembourg Open in Luxembourg, as the second seed. She eased through her opening match 6–2, 6–2 against Meghann Shaughnessy but fell to Patty Schnyder in a close second round encounter 4–6, 6–3, 6–7.
Playing an exhibition match in Antwerp, Belgium on 10 December, Clijsters defeated rival Venus Williams 6–1, 7–5. She finished the year ranked 18th.
In March 2010, Clijsters won her first Laureus World Sports Award, for her remarkable 2009 US Open comeback. She also won the WTA Comeback Player of the Year and the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for the seventh time.
Clijsters started her 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International in Australia as the top seed. She defeated Tathiana Garbin and Alicia Molik in the first two rounds without dropping a set. She then defeated Lucie Šafářová in three sets to advance to the semifinals where she defeated Andrea Petkovic to set up a final with her rival and compatriot Justine Henin. Clijsters led 6–3, 4–1 before Henin to win eight consecutive games to take the second set and lead 3–0 in the final set. Clijsters trailed 5–3 saved two match points before breaking back and forcing a final set tie break defeating her rival 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(6).
Clijsters’ next tournament was the 2010 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season where she was seeded 15th. Clijsters advanced to the third round with straight sets wins over Valérie Tétreault and Tamarine Tanasugarn. In the third round Clijsters lost to the World No. 20 Nadia Petrova winning just one game in the worst defeat of her career.
Clijsters did not play competitively again until March at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She was seeded 14th but she fell to the 23rd seed Alisa Kleybanova in the third round losing a final set tie break. Clijsters found form at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open as she went on to win the title. As the 14th seed, she only dropped three games while defeating Petra Kvitová and Shahar Pe’er. Clijsters then defeated the defending champion Victoria Azarenka for the loss of just four games. Before defeating the World No. 10 Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals and Justine Henin in a final set tie break to reach the final. Clijsters went on to beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the final, ending the American’s fifteen match unbeaten streak. As a result of winning the title for the second time, Clijsters’ ranking rose to World No. 10.
Playing her first clay tennis match in three years at the Andalucia Tennis Experience as the third seed, Clijsters advanced to the second round after beating Alexandra Dulgheru in three sets. However in the second round Clijsters lost to the World No. 258 Beatriz García Vidagany. Clijsters played in Belgium’s Fed Cup tie against Estonia, Clijsters defeated Maret Ani 6–4, 6–2 in her opening singles match. However, it was discovered that she had torn a muscle in her left foot which caused her to pull out of her next match against Kaia Kanepi. Doctors ruled the Belgium out for six weeks but Clijsters hoped to make an early recovery She later announced in a press conference that she would have to withdraw from the rest of the clay court season, including the 2010 French Open.
Clijsters returned to action at the start of the grass-court season in Eastbourne as part of her Wimbledon warm-up where she was victorious in 2005. Clijsters, as the fifth seed, defeated compatriot Yanina Wickmayer and Šafářova to reach the quarter finals losing just three games. Before losing in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka. Despite this loss Clijsters’ ranking rose to World No. 8 and she was seeded 8th at her first Wimbledon Championships since 2006. She started well with a straight sets wins over Maria Elena Camerin, Karolina Šprem and Maria Kirilenko to set up a fourth round clash with 17th seed Justine Henin. Clijsters came back from a set down to beat Henin 2–6, 6–2, 6–3. Clijsters lost in the quarterfinals to 21st seed and eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva in three sets.
In between Wimbledon and the US hard court season, Clijsters participated in the record breaking Best of Belgium- an Exhibition extravaganza. Clijsters defeated Serena Williams in straight sets, improving her head-to-head record since her comeback against the Williams Sisters to 5–1. (3–1 against Venus who won against Clijsters at the Billie Jean Cup 2010, 2–0 against Serena)
Clijsters played her next event at the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open held in Cincinnati where she made her comeback the previous year. This was her first event of the 2010 US Open Series. After a first round bye, Clijsters, as the 4th seed, defeated former World No.1 Dinara Safina, Christina McHale and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets to reach the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Clijsters was leading 2–1 when her opponent, Ana Ivanović, had to retire due to a foot injury. In the final, Clijsters faced 10th seed Maria Sharapova and after losing the first set, Clijsters found herself down 5–3 in the second set. She managed to save three championships on her own serve before rain interrupted play. Clijsters came back to take the second set into a tie-break and despite being down 0–3, she came back to win the second set and then went on to claim a 2–6, 7–6(4), 6–2 victory. This win propelled her ranking to World No. 4 with her 38th singles title of her career
Clijsters played her final event of the US Open Series in Montreal at the 2010 Rogers Cup where she was seeded 5th. She reached the quarterfinals before losing to Vera Zvonareva in three sets. After coming back from 6–4, 4–1 down in the opening round to defeat Bethanie mattek Sands.
Clijsters then competed in the 2010 US Open where she was the No. 2 seed. Clijsters advanced to the quarter finals without dropping a set defeating Gréta Arn, Sally Peers, Petra Kvitová and Ana Ivanović. There Clijsters came from a break down in the third set to defeat 5th seed Samantha Stosur 6–3 in the final set to advance to the semifinals. In the semis Clijsters faced Venus Williams winning the match in the final set to extend her US Open match winning streak to 20. Tying with Venus and Monica Seles but second only to Chris Evert‘s 31-match winning streak from 1975–1979. In the final, Clijsters faced seventh seed Vera Zvonareva in a rematch of their Wimbledon quarterfinal meeting. Clijsters won only dropping three games on the way, to defend her US Open title, winning it for the third time; and her second as a mother, one short of the Open Era record held by Margaret Court. Clijsters extended her US Open winning streak to 21 matches. By winning US$2.2 million, she equalled her own 2005 record of the largest payday in women’s sports history. Injury then kept Clijsters out until the WTA Championships. At the year-end championship, Clijsters advanced to the final, after defeating Janković and Azerenka to qualify for the semi final. Clijsters lost her final group game to Zvonareva. In the semi finals Clijsters beat Stosur in straight sets after surviving a car crash which wrote the car off whilst on her way to the match. In the championship match Clijsters faced world #1 Caroline Wozniacki in a rematch of the 2009 US Open final. Clijsters finished the year at world #3 after defeating the Dane in three sets, to clinch her third WTA Championship and fifth title of the year. Clijsters finished the year ranked #3 in the world. Clijsters final match of 2010 was a repeat of what the Best of Belgium should have been, a match against Justine Henin. The match took place at the Diamond Games in front of a Belgium crowd. Clijsters came out the winner winning the match tie breaker 10–5.
For her performance during the season, Clijsters received the WTA Player of the Year award for the second time (first one in 2005), the first player ever to win this award in the year following the win of the Come Back Player of the Year.
Clijsters’ first competitive outing of the year was the Medibank International Sydney in Australia. In the first round, Clijsters defeated Alexandra Dulgheru in two sets, 6–1, 6–2. She then defeated Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, Victoria Azarenka and Alisa Kleybanova to advanced to the final where she was defeated by World No. 11 Li Na from China, 7–6(3), 6–3, despite leading 5–0 in the first set.
Clijsters started her strong campaign at the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park as the tournament’s favorite with an emphatic 6–0, 6–0 victory over former World No. 1 Dinara Safina in the first round. This was the first time in tennis’ open era that a former World No. 1 player received a double bagel loss in a grand slam tournament. Clijsters then defeated Carla Suárez Navarro 6–1, 6–3 and Alizé Cornet 7–6(3), 6–3, before winning a fourth-round match against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 7–6(3), 6–2. In the quarterfinals, Clijsters continued her progress without dropping a set by beating the twelfth seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6–3, 7–6(4).
She comfortably defeated World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–3, guaranteeing her accession to World No. 2, her highest ranking since her return to the tour. Clijsters won the 2011 Australian Open singles by beating Li Na 3–6, 6–3, 6–3; It was her first major win outside the US and her fourth overall. Clearly emotional, Clijsters declared that she finally had earned the title “Aussie Kim”.
Clijsters next traveled to play at the indoor tournament in Paris. After defeating Jelena Dokić in the quarterfinals, Clijsters returned to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time in almost five years, overtaking Caroline Wozniacki. Clijsters eventually progressed to the final of the competition, but was beaten by third seed Petra Kvitová in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3.
Up next for Clijsters was the Indian Wells Masters in California, where she was seeded 2nd. After receiving a bye in the first round, she faced Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and defeated her comfortably, 6–2, 6–0. In the third round, she beat the Italian Sara Errani in three sets, 6–3, 2–6, 6–4. Clijsters had to retire in her next match against Marion Bartoli at 6–3, 1–3 with a shoulder injury.
Clijsters was the defending champion at Miami and the No. 2 seed. After defeating Anastasiya Yakimova 6–1, 6–2 and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6–4, 4–6, 6–3 in the second and third round, respectively, she came back from 1–5 0–40 in the final set against Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, winning the match 7–6(4), 3–6, 7–6(5). She eventually lost in the quarterfinals to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3.
On 21 April 2011, Clijsters was elected number 16 on the Time Top 100 list of most influential people, the first sports person on the 2011 listing. Her sportsmanship, involvement in charity, success as a mother combined with her anti-diva no-nonsense attitude led to her election.
- 1992–1996: Bart Van Kerckhove
- 1996–2002: Carl Maes
- 2002–2005: Marc Dehous
- 2009–present: Wim Fisette
- Clijsters became the first person from Belgium to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era.
- Clijsters became not only the first Belgian—man or woman—to be ranked World No. 1, but also did so without winning a Grand Slam tournament. Clijsters is one of only six women to have been ranked World No. 1 in singles and doubles simultaneously (the others being Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Lindsay Davenport).
- Clijsters compiled a 90–12 singles record. Her singles win total was the highest single-season total by any woman since Navratilova in 1982. Clijsters was the first woman to play more than 100 singles matches in a year since Chris Evert in 1974.
- At the NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Clijsters became only the second player (the first being Steffi Graf in 1995 and 1996) to win the Pacific Life Open–NASDAQ-100 Open double. En route to the Key Biscayne victory, she beat the fifth (Anastasia Myskina), fourth (Elena Dementieva), first (Amélie Mauresmo), and second (Maria Sharapova) seeds in consecutive matches.
- Following Clijsters’s victory in the US Open Series and the subsequent US Open, she collected US$2.2 million in prize money, the largest single purse ever won by a female athlete. To that date, she held a North American hardcourt win-loss record of 36–1.
- Clijsters had a 22-match winning streak from August to October. During the streak, she won tournaments in Los Angeles, Toronto and Luxembourg, and the US Open.
- First player ever to win the WTA Player of the Year Award in the same year of winning the WTA Come Back Player of the Year trophy
- In returning to the World No. 1 ranking after the Australian Open in January, Clijsters broke a rankings record. She was ranked as low as World No. 134 in March 2005, so her return to the top spot in a ten-month span was the fastest and biggest leap in women’s tennis history.
- Third unseeded and first unranked female champion of a Grand Slam title by winning the 2009 US Open. Clijsters also became the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the Wimbledon title in 1980, and the first mother to win the US Open since Margaret Court in 1973. She defeated Danish Caroline Wozniacki 7–5, 6–3 in the US Open final.
- Returned to WTA rankings at number 19, equaling the highest debut ever that was set by Andrea Jaeger in 1980.
- Won the WTA Come Back Player of the Year trophy despite only playing three months effectively.
- First woman to retain the US Open title since Venus Williams in 2001.
- Second woman in the Open Era to win three successive US Opens in which she played (she did not play in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 tournaments). Chris Evert won four U.S. Open Championships in a row:(1975–1978)and two additional titles in 1980 and 1982 for a total of six U.S. Opens. Martina Navratalova reached the final after two successive wins in 1985, but lost the third final to Hana Mandlíková. Steffi Graf reached the finals after two consecutive wins in 1990, but lost the third final to Gabriela Sabatini.
- 21 consecutive US Open match victories, second all-time to Chris Evert’s 31 from 1975–1979.
- Third woman to win two Grand Slams as a mother, one shy of the record by Margaret Court.
- Repeated her own 2005 feat of earning a women’s sport record paycheck of approximately US$2.2 million by winning the US Open, after ending the US Open Series as second after Caroline Wozniacki.
- Won the Masters (WTA Tour Championships) for the third time joining a very select group of players, consisting of Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf.
- Broke the US$20 million mark in career prize money at the same Masters.
- Became WTA year prize money leader with more than US$5 million in earnings
- First player ever to win the WTA Player of the Year Award in the year following the win of the WTA Come Back Player of the Year trophy (see also 2005) Both Serena Williams (2004–2008) and Amélie Mauresmo (2003–2006) became Player of the Year after having been the Comeback Player of the Year but they did not achieve this feat in consecutive years.
- Became most time winner of the Karen Krantzcke WTA award for fair play (7)
- Inflicted the first time ever double bagel loss at a Grand Slam since the start of the open era on a former World No. 1 player – Dinara Safina – during the first round of the Australian Open.
- By becoming Australian Open champion, completed a consecutive winning string of the four most important hardcourt tournaments within a year: Miami Masters (“The Fifth Slam”) 2010, US Open 2010, WTA Tour Championships 2010 and the Australian Open 2011. Steffi Graf (November 1987–1988 ) and Monica Seles in 1991 had accomplished this series before.
- Equalling the record of Margaret Court of winning three Grand Slams as a mother
- Received for the third time a women’s sport record paycheck of approximately US$2.2 million by winning the Australian Open
- Became number 1 in the WTA rankings for the fourth time in her career on 14 February 2011 after the 2011 Open GDF Suez in Paris, nearly five years after being at the #1 spot in early 2006. It is also the first time Clijsters is number one in the same calendar year of winning a Grand Slam.
- Became the first mother to hold the number 1 ranking since the inception of the computer rankings in 1975.
- Ranked 16 on the Time Top 100 list of most influential people, the first sports person on the 2011 listing.
- Belgian Sportswoman of the Year
- Flemish Giant Award
- ITF World Champion
- WTA Tour Championships Race winner
- US Open Series Winner
- Belgian Sportswoman of the Year
- International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) Player of the Year
- International Tennis Writers Ambassador for Tennis
- WTA Player of the Year
- WTA Player of the Year (for 2005)
- WTA Comeback Player of the Year (for 2005)
- Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (for 2005)
- Member of the Belgian Sporting Team of the Year (Fed Cup – Team)
- Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (for 2006)
- Laureus World Comeback of the Year (For 2009)
- WTA Comeback Player of the Year (for 2009)
- Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (for 2009)
- Best Comeback Athlete ESPY Award (for 2009)
- VTV Tennis Performance of the Year
- Flemish Giant Award
- Belgian Sportswoman of the Year
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Who is Benjamin Eager? The professional Hockey world knows Benjamin Eager as a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Eager born January 22, 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended Immaculata High School in Ottawa. He was drafted in the 1st round, 22nd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was later traded by the Coyotes along with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojević to the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Mike Comrie.
The 2006–07 NHL season would see Eager lead the league in penalty minutes, even though he only played 63 games. That same season, he also won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.
Eager was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2007 for Jim Vandermeer.
Eager scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal in Game Two of Chicago vs Vancouver on May 2, 2009 in Vancouver. This led to the Blackhawk’s first victory against the Canucks and evened the series 1-1. Eager scored his second Stanley Cup playoff goal on May 31, 2010 in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals against Philadelphia. His goal ended up being the game winner, as the Hawks won 2-1. On June 9, 2010, he and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Flyers 4-3 in overtime in Game Six.
On June 23, 2010, Eager was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu, for the 24th overall pick, the 54th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and Jeremy Morin. During the 2010–11 season Eager delivered a “sucker punch” to the Maple Leafs’ forward Colby Armstrong. Eager received a five minute major, a match penalty for intent to injure, and was ejected from the game. The NHL further suspended him for four games due to the incident. Midway through the season, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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Terrelle Pryor is the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Considered the most recruited high school football-basketball athlete in southwestern Pennsylvania since Tom Clements, Pryor was widely regarded as the nation’s top football prospect of 2008, and was named “Junior of the Year” by Rivals.com. Pryor originally hoped to be a two-sport athlete as he was also one of the nation’s most heralded high school basketball players, but he has chosen to focus on football.
High school career
Pryor was born June 20, 1989 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania). While in high school, Pryor was clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash, and because of his athleticism and 6’6″ frame, he drew obvious comparisons to former Texas standout Vince Young. Pryor also lived up to his lofty recruiting ranking as a basketball player by leading the Jayhawks to win their first WPIAL Championship in over 20 years, and then on to win the Pennsylvania PIAA state basketball championship game as a senior. During his breakthrough junior year, he led the Jeannette Jayhawks to their first Pennsylvania PIAA Class “AA” state football championship game where they lost a thrilling one point game to the Warriors of Wilson Area High School, who had lost in the state championship game a year earlier. During the 2007 football season, Pryor and the Jayhawks repeated as champions of the WPIAL. In the Pennsylvania state semi-finals against Wilmington, Terrelle became the first player in Pennsylvania history to run for 4,000 yards and also throw for 4,000 yards. The following week, Pryor led the Jeannette Jayhawks to their first-ever Pennsylvania state championship by defeating the Dunmore Bucks, 49-21. At the conclusion of the season, Pryor had quarterbacked the Jayhawks to a Pennsylvania state season record of 860 points. Pryor’s accomplishments included being the two-time Pennsylvania Player of the Year, the offensive player of the year and the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Pryor was widely considered the top football recruit in the Class of 2008. He was ranked number four in the ESPNU 150 and the number one quarterback. Throughout his high school career, Pryor acquired numerous scholarship offers, initially committing to the hometown University of Pittsburgh to play basketball under coach Jamie Dixon. However, by his senior year, Pryor had blossomed into a football phenom, and his top interests were Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Oregon. Sports Illustrated called Pryor’s announcement “the most anticipated in history.”
Pryor originally intended to announce his decision on February 6, National Signing Day, but later changed his mind, stating he still had not decided among Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, and Penn State.
Following the Jeannette basketball team’s state championship victory on March 15, Pryor stated he would make his college decision within one week. On March 19, 2008 Pryor announced at a press conference that he would attend Ohio State University.
Pryor currently starts at quarterback for The Ohio State Buckeyes. Pryor saw limited action in the Buckeye’s season opener against Youngstown State. He took more snaps against USC on September 13, 2008, completing 7 of 9 passes for 59 yards, as well as rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries. On September 20, 2008, Pryor threw for four touchdowns (an Ohio State record for a freshman) and one interception in his first career start for Ohio State. Ohio State beat Troy 28-10. On October 4, 2008, Pryor ran for the winning touchdown against Wisconsin on an option play with running back Chris “Beanie” Wells. On October 25, 2008 against Penn State Pryor threw for a career high 226 yards, connecting on 16 of 25 passes. Against Illinois on November 15, 2008, Pryor had his first career 100 yard rushing day running for 110 yards and a touchdown. In the Fiesta Bowl he lined up at receiver and caught his first touchdown pass in college. Pryor led Ohio State to a 8-1 record as a starter in his freshman year; his only loss as a starter was against Penn State. (Todd Boeckman made the start in the Fiesta Bowl against Texas.) Following the 2008 Big Ten Conference football season, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection by the media and Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches.
Before his sophomore year began he ran a 4.33 forty in a race against Ray Small and many others. He is currently the fastest Buckeye. In his sophomore year Pryor led the Buckeyes to another Big Ten Championship. After starting the season slow he eventually developed into a better passer, and went on to earn the 2010 Rose Bowl MVP trophy after leading Ohio State to a 26-17 victory over Oregon. Pryor had the best passing game of his career, and also rushed for 72 yards. Following the 2009 Big Ten Conference football season, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection by the media.
Entering 2010, Ohio State began second in most polls and Pryor began the season as a favorite for numerous awards. On September 25, 2010, Pryor had a break-out game in a 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan. He had 6 total touchdowns, including one rushing and one receiving. Following the 2010 Big Ten Conference football season, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection by both the coaches and the media. He was edged out by Denard Robinson as the 2010 Big Ten Conference MVP as voted by the Big Ten coaches. They had the same number of first place votes.
On December 23, 2010, the NCAA ruled that Pryor and four of his teammates would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, as a sanction for selling memorabilia.
Awards and honors
- 2007 Hall Trophy (U.S. Army Player of the Year)
- 2007 PARADE National Player of the Year and All-American
- 2008 Pete Dawkins Trophy (U.S. Army All-American Bowl MVP)
- 2008 U.S. Army All-American MVP
- 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (coaches)
- 2008 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (media)
- 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Sportsmanship Award
- 2009 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
- 2009 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (media)
- 2010 Rose Bowl MVP
- 2010 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (coaches and media)
- 2010 Big Ten MVP runner-up
- 2011 [[Sugar Bowl#Most Valuable Players (Miller-Digby Award)|Miller-Digby Award
|Youngstown St.||W, 43-0||4||6||35||66.7%||14||0||0||115.66||9||52||5.8||21||1|
|@ USC||L, 35-3||7||9||52||77.8%||15||0||0||126.31||11||40||3.6||13||0|
|@ Wisconsin||W, 20-17||13||19||144||68.4%||27||0||1||121.56||15||20||1.3||11||1|
|@ Michigan St.||W, 45-7||7||11||116||63.6%||56||1||0||182.21||12||72||6.0||32||1|
|Penn St.||L, 13-6||16||25||226||64.0%||53||0||1||131.94||9||6||0.7||9||0|
|@ Northwestern||W, 45-10||9||14||197||64.3%||46||3||0||253.20||6||33||5.5||21||0|
|@ Illinois||W, 30-20||6||10||49||60.0%||20||1||0||134.16||13||110||8.5||35||1|
^ Fiesta Bowl
|@ Toledo^^||W, 38-0||17||28||262||60.7%||76||3||2||160.39||12||110||9.2||43||1|
|@ Indiana||W, 33-14||16||27||159||59.3%||23||3||1||137.99||16||63||3.9||18||1|
|@ Purdue||L, 26-18||17||31||221||54.8%||40||1||2||112.46||21||34||1.6||35||1|
|New Mexico State||W, 45-0||11||23||135||47.8%||43||1||0||111.48||9||83||9.2||27||1|
|@ Penn State||W, 24-7||8||17||125||47.1%||62||2||0||111.1||5||50||10.0||24||1|
|Iowa||W, 27-24 (OT)||14||17||93||82.6%||17||0||0||128.31||8||44||3.6||19||0|
|@ Michigan||W, 21-10||9||17||67||52.9%||13||1||1||93.69||19||74||3.9||25||0|
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^^^ Rose Bowl
|Miami (Fl.)||W, 36-24||12||27||233||44.4%||62||1||0||129.16||20||113||5.7||26||1|
|Eastern Michigan||W, 73-20||20||26||224||76.9%||31||4||0||200.06||7||104||14.9||53||1|
|Penn State||W, 38-14||8||13||139||61.5%||58||2||1||186.74||9||49||5.4||14||0|
|Arkansas ^^^^||W. 31-26||14||25||221||56%||43||2||0||156.66||15||115||7.7||34||0|
On May 31, 2011, a day after Head Coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation for making false statements to the school’s administration and the NCAA about Ohio State football players receiving improper benefits, multiple media outlets reported that the focus of the NCAA investigation shifted to Pryor and his succession of used cars. 
According to the Associated Press:
- Ohio State confirmed that the NCAA continues to look into potential violations, including Pryor’s cars.
- “I can tell you that obviously you have an open investigation,” Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch said Tuesday. “The university and the NCAA are working jointly to review any new allegations that come to light. We’re going to continue to do so until their investigation wraps up.”
- The Columbus Dispatch  has reported that the NCAA and Ohio State are investigating more than 50 vehicle purchases by Buckeyes players, family members and friends over the past. Sports Illustrated , citing a source close to the investigation, reported that Pryor, who will be a senior this fall, might have driven as many as eight cars in his three years in Columbus. 
ESPN columnist Adam Rittenberg wrote:
- The quarterback likely didn’t help matters Monday night when he showed up to a team meeting at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a Nissan 350z with, yep, temporary dealer tags dated May 24. I couldn’t believe it, either… A throng of reporters was on hand to document the meeting — as well as Pryor and his wheels. WBNS-TV Columbus  reports that Pryor drove a different car — a 2009 Dodge Challenger with dealer license plates — from late March through mid-April.
- From the WBNS report:
- Traffic tickets showed that Pryor was pulled over at least three times in the past several years, driving cars that belonged to dealerships.
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Who is Bobby Moore? The entertainment and sports world knows him as Ahmad Rashād. Rashad is an American sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former professional football player. An All-American running back and wide receiver from Oregon known as Bobby Moore, Rashad was the fourth overall pick in the 1972 NFL Draft, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the first skill-position player taken, following three linemen.
Rashād was converted back to wide receiver while with the Cardinals, where he played for two seasons. He then played for the Buffalo Bills (1974–1976), the Seattle Seahawks (1976), and, most notably, the Minnesota Vikings (1976–1982), where he earned four Pro Bowl selections from 1978 to 1981.
Rashad was born November 19, 1949, his given name was Robert Earl Moore in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1967 and accepted a football scholarship to the University of Oregon.
Conversion and football career
In 1972, Moore converted to Islam and changed his name to Ahmad Rashād, which means “Admirable One Led To Truth” in Arabic. His last name comes from his mentor in St. Louis, Rashad Khalifa.
Rashād eventually graduated from the University of Oregon, where he played wide receiver as a sophomore in 1969; then was moved to running back where he was an All-American in 1971—playing with quarterback Dan Fouts. Rashād was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on May 9, 2007.
During his pro football career, Rashād caught 495 passes for 6,831 yards and 44 touchdowns, while also rushing for 52 yards. The standout catch of his career came in a December 1980 game against the Cleveland Browns. Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer threw a Hail Mary pass to Rashād that resulted in a come-from-behind 28-23 victory and a Central Division title for the Vikings. This became known as the Miracle Catch. Rashād also has the distinction of the longest play from scrimmage that didn’t score a touchdown: 98 yards in a 1972 game against the Rams.
Rashād replaced the same receiver, John Gilliam, in both St. Louis and Minnesota.
Broadcasting and television career
After his football career, he covered NFL and NBA televised contests as a studio anchor and game reporter for NBC and ABC, as well as hosting NBA Inside Stuff. He also has hosted the video-clip show Real TV in 2000, the reality show Celebrity Mole, the game show Caesars Challenge along with co-host Dan Doherty, and NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad on the ABC network. Rashād has also guest starred on several TV shows, mainly ones that starred his then wife Phylicia. He used to interview long-time friend Michael Jordan frequently while he was at NBC. Rashad worked on the NFL on NBC with O.J. Simpson, whom Rashad used to be close friends with dating from their time as teammates on the Buffalo Bills before the two had a falling out. The fallout was due to a rumored accusation by O.J. saying Rashad had slept with his wife on numerous occasions.
Rumored NBA career
There is video footage of Rashad sinking a basket in a real NBA game as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. The context surrounding his appearance is unknown, but he is seen bragging jestfully regarding his status as the only player in NBA history to shoot 100% for his career (implying this was his one and only appearance in an NBA game). This was during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It has been theorized Rashad participated in only one preseason game for the Sixers, possibly as a celebrity detail. Reliable pro basketball databases do not identify Rashad as a former NBA player. The reasoning behind this is because it was a promotional deal where he had been signed to a 10-day contract.
Rashād has been married four times and divorced three. In 1969, he married his first wife Deidre Waters. They had a daughter, Keva, born in 1970. In addition he has a son, Sean, born out of wedlock also in 1970. In 1976, he married his second wife, Matilda Johnson. They had two children, daughter Maiyisha (born in 1976) and son Ahmad Jr. (born in 1978). They divorced in 1979.
In 1985, Rashād married Cosby Show actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen, to whom he proposed on national television during the pregame show of NBC‘s broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets. It was a third marriage for both. Unlike many actresses, she adopted his surname shortly after the wedding, and uses the name “Phylicia Rashād” professionally to this day. Out of this marriage, he gained a stepson Billy Bowles (born 1973). After a year of marriage, Ahmad and Phylicia had a daughter, Condola Phylea Rashād (named after his mother). After nearly sixteen years of marriage, Ahmad and Phylicia divorced in 2001.
In 2007, Rashād wed his fourth wife, Sale Johnson, the ex-wife of Johnson &Johnson billionaire and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson. He has gained three stepdaughters from this marriage.
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Bettany was born 27 May 1971 in Shepherd’s Bush, London, the son of Anne (née Kettle), a stage singer, theatre teacher, and stage manager, and Thane Bettany, a dancer, actor, and drama teacher. He has an older sister, Sarah, and had a younger brother, Matthew. Bettany was raised Roman Catholic. While his father taught at the all-girls boarding school Queenswood School in Hertfordshire, the family lived on the campus. His brother Matthew died after a fall at Queenswood. Soon after, Bettany left home and went to live on his own in London and his parents later divorced. He lived in a small flat and earned money by playing his guitar in the streets as a busker. After two years, he found a new job in a home for the elderly.
When Bettany was 19, he decided to be an actor, and he pursued that career with determination, studying at the Drama Centre London in Chalk Farm. He made his stage debut in Stephen Daldry‘s acclaimed West End revival of An Inspector Calls at the Aldwych Theatre, playing the part of Eric Birling. He also appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar (for which he received a Charleson Award nomination). When Bettany was 21 he appeared in a BBC production of Oliver Twist, as Bill Sikes.
After appearing in the finale of Sean Bean‘s series Sharpe as HRH The Prince of Orange at the Battle of Waterloo, he made his film debut with a small part in Bent, a Holocaust drama which also featured Clive Owen, Jude Law, and Ian McKellen. He continued doing work in stage and television, these included Joe Penhall‘s Love and Understanding, which played at London’s Flatbush Theatre and then ran in Connecticut. He had roles in the television productions Killer Net and Coming Home, during which he met and dated Emily Mortimer. He did his last theatre work in One More Wasted Year and Stranger’s House at the Royal Court Theatre.
He filmed several more movies, including his first leading role in Gangster No. 1. The British Independent Film Awards nominated him for Best Actor, and the London Film Critics’ Circle nominated him for British Newcomer of the Year.
Back in Hollywood, writer/director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) was planning a new film called The Sin Eater (also known as The Order). He was impressed by Bettany’s audition tape, though Bettany eventually decided to film A Knight’s Tale instead. The studio executives were not impressed, but Helgeland was determined to cast him, even writing the part of Chaucer for him. A Knight’s Tale would be Bettany’s first big Hollywood production, and most American audiences would have their first look at Paul Bettany when he walked onscreen muddy and naked. “My buttocks entered the American market before I did,” he joked on the movie’s DVD commentary track.
He received critical acclaim for A Knight’s Tale, including winning the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actor. After the movie wrapped, Helgeland, determined that Hollywood should recognise Bettany’s talent, showed the audition tape to many of his peers, including Ron Howard, who promptly cast Bettany in A Beautiful Mind.
After A Beautiful Mind, Bettany was offered the role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon, opposite Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins. He turned down the role in favour of accepting a part with Stellan Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman in controversial director Lars von Trier‘s Dogville.
Bettany’s next major project saw him starring again alongside Russell Crowe in Peter Weir‘s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His portrayal of surgeon and naturalist Stephen Maturin brought in more critical acclaim, including a BAFTA nomination, British Actor of the Year (London Film Critics’ Circle), and Best Actor (Evening Standard).
On 28 June 2004, Bettany and 13 other actors were included in the 2004 invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Dogville and The Reckoning were released in limited cinemas in 2004. In September of that year, Bettany made his leading-man debut in Wimbledon, a romantic comedy with Kirsten Dunst. The film’s cast would also introduce him to Jon Favreau, playing his manager, a relationship that would return when Favreau cast him as the voice of Jarvis in Iron Man. In spring 2005, Bettany went to Vancouver to film Firewall, a thriller starring Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen, which reunited him with Wimbledon director Richard Loncraine. He spent the autumn of 2005 filming The Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Brown‘s bestselling novel and starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou. In the film, he played an Opus Dei monk named Silas.
In 2007, Bettany went to London to star in There For Me, written by his friends Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosen. In 2008, he appeared in the New Line Cinema family fantasy Inkheart, playing the part of a fire-eater named Dustfinger.
On New Year’s Day 2003, Bettany married actress Jennifer Connelly in a ceremony in Scotland attended by a small circle of friends and family; they met while starring together in A Beautiful Mind and began dating in 2002. He moved to Brooklyn, New York, with Connelly and her son Kai. The couple’s own son, Stellan (named for actor Stellan Skarsgård) was born on 5 August 2003. Stellan’s godfather is the actor Charlie Condou. The couple welcomed their second child together, a daughter named Agnes Lark, on May 31, 2011.
Bettany, who was raised Catholic, is now an atheist.
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Who is Карина Смiрнова? The entertainment and dancing world knows her as Karina Smirnoff a Ukrainian American professional ballroom dancer.
She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has been ranked second in the world, and took second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival.
She is “the first woman to ever make the British Professional Final with three different partners”.
Smirnoff was born January 2, 1978) in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union on January 2, 1978. When she was five years old, she began taking ballet lessons, followed by gymnastics, aerobics, figure skating, ballroom dancing and piano. She chose to pursue ballroom dancing. In 1992, Smirnoff emigrated to the United States, and is reportedly a naturalized United States citizen.
Smirnoff attended Nerinx Hall in St. Louis, MO and Christopher Columbus High School in New York and the Bronx High School of Science before going to Fordham University, during which time she picked up her interest in dancing again. Smirnoff graduated from Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming. During her academic studies, Smirnoff’s goal was to go to law school and become an attorney. However she later came across a dance school in Brooklyn, New York, and after some time there dancing became her profession.
Smirnoff has made numerous candid appearances on reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars, and Chelsea Lately, featuring Chelsea Handler
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Early in Smirnoff’s dancing career, she and Roman Nabatov competed as an amateur couple for USA. They ended their dance partnership in January 1997  Smirnoff soon after started dancing with Paul Killick in October 1998 as a professional couple for England; this partnership ended in July 1999. Immediately, Louis van Amstel and Karina Smirnoff, in July 1999, entered a professional dance partnership, representing the U.S.A; the partnership ended in December 2000. From January 2001 to September 2005, Smirnoff was in a dance partnership with Slavik Kryklyvyy and they represented the U.S.A; this partnership thus far is her most successful one. Kryklyvyy and Smirnoff earned numerous top titles and high ratings together.
Her last professional partner recorded in competitions was Dmitri Timokhin representing Russia in October 2005. They won first place at the 2006 Grand-Prix Dynamo in Moscow. They finished dancing together in June 2006.
Smirnoff was the project manager/director of a dancing event entitled “Day & Night”, held on November 18, 2006 at the Hollywood & Highlands Grand Ballroom.
She is featured in a nude pictorial in the May 2011 American issue of Playboy magazine. 
Dancing with the Stars
Smirnoff was a performer on the third season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars with celebrity partner Mario López. They finished in second place, losing to the team of Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke. Smirnoff returned to the show on March 19, 2007 for Season 4, this time partnered with Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and Hannah Montana star. The pair was the eighth to be eliminated from the competition on May 8, 2007. Her partner for Season 5 of the show was current five-division world champion boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. On October 16, 2007, Karina and Floyd were the fourth couple eliminated from competition and came in 9th place. She returned for Season 6, partnered with singer Mario and finished in 5th place. In Season 7, she was partnered with chef Rocco DiSpirito and they were the fourth pair to be eliminated with a finish of 9th place for the second time.
For the eighth season, Smirnoff’s partner was Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak. They were eliminated in the fourth round on March 31, 2009, along with Holly Madison and her partner Dmitry Chaplin.
For the ninth season, she was partnered with singer Aaron Carter. They were eliminated on November 10, 2009, placing fifth.
In the eleventh season, she was partnered with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, from MTV’s reality TV show Jersey Shore. They were eliminated in the fourth week.
In the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars, she has been partnered with the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio. They were eliminated in the semi-finals.
Smirnoff spoofed her role on Dancing in Hannah Montana, playing a fortune teller who predicts to a disbelieving Cyrus about his appearance in a dancing competition.
With Mario Lopez (Season 3)
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha/”Walkin’ on the Sun“||9||8||9||Safe|
|2||Quickstep/”Do Your Thing”||7||6||8||Safe|
|3||Tango/”What You Waiting For“||8||6||8||Safe|
|4||Paso Doble/”Cancion Del Mariachi”||10||9||10||Safe|
|5||Rumba/”The Way You Look Tonight“||9||9||9||Safe|
|6||Mambo/”Ran Kan Kan”
Disco/”Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough“
|7||Foxtrot/”I Wanna Be Loved By You“
Jive/”Shake a Tail Feather“
|Tango/”Whatever Lola Wants“
Paso Doble/”Cancion Del Mariachi”
Freestyle/”It Take Two“
With Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4)
|Week||Dance(s)/Song(s)||Carrie Ann Inaba||Len Goodman||Bruno Tonioli||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha/”I Want My Mullet Back”||5||4||4||Safe|
|2||Quickstep/”Ring of Fire“||7||7||7||Safe|
|3||Tango/”Rock the Casbah“||7||7||7||Safe|
|4||Paso Doble/”Black Betty“||7||7||7||Safe|
|5||Rumba/”What’s Love Got to Do with It?“||6||6||5||Safe|
|6||Jive/”I Love to Boogie”
Swing/”Rock This Town”
Samba/”Living in America“
|Foxtrot/”Stand by Your Man“
With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (Season 5)
|Week||Dance/Song||Carrie Ann Inaba||Len Goodman||Bruno Tonioli||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha/”The Way You Move“||6||6||6||Safe|
|2||Quickstep/”Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours“||7||7||7||Safe|
|3||Jive/”Mess Around“||7||7||7||Bottom Two|
|4||Paso Doble/”Captain From Castille”||7||8||8||Eliminated|
With Mario (Season 6)
|3||Tango/”El Tango de Roxanne“||7||6||8||Bottom Two|
|4||Paso Doble/”Higher Ground“||8||7||9||Safe|
|6||Rumba/”Let’s Get it On“
Country Western/”Cotton-Eyed Joe“
|7||Foxtrot/”I’m Your Man“
Mambo/”Mambo a la Sandoval”
|Viennese Waltz/”If I Ain’t Got You“
Jive/”Little Billy Pretty One”
With Rocco DiSpirito (Season 7)
|Week||Dance(s)/Song(s)||Carrie Ann Inaba‘s
|1||Foxtrot/”Stray Cat Strut“
|2||Rumba/”You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine“||5||6||5||Safe|
|3||Viennese Waltz/”What’s New Pussycat?“||7||7||6||Safe|
|4||Samba/”I Go to Rio”||6||6||6||Eliminated|
With Steve Wozniak (Season 8)
|Week||Dance/Song||Carrie Ann Inaba||Len Goodman||Bruno Tonioli||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha/”You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet“
|2||Samba/”Jump In The Line (Shake, Senora)“||4||3||3||Safe|
|3||Argentine Tango/”Cite Tango”||4||4||4||Eliminated|
With Aaron Carter (Season 9)
Viennese Waltz/”I’m Your Man“
|2||Quickstep/”The Muppet Show Theme Song”||9||9||9||Safe|
|4||Lambada/”Dr. Beat“||6||6||6||Bottom Two|
|5||Argentine Tango/”Epoca”||8||8||8||Bottom Two|
|6||Waltz/”Three Times a Lady“
Mambo Marathon/”Ran Kan Kan”
|7||Jive/”We’re Not Gonna Take It“
Paso Doble/”I Hate Myself for Loving You“
90′s Samba/”Two Princes“
With Mike Sorrentino (Season 11)
|Week||Dance(s)/Song(s)||Carrie Ann Inaba‘s
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha/”Break Your Heart“||5||5||5||Safe|
|3||Foxtrot/”Boom Boom Pow“||7||6||7||Safe|
|4||Argentine Tango“/Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)“||4/6||4/5||4/5||Eliminated|
With Ralph Macchio (Season 12)
|1||Foxtrot/”Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?“||8||8||8||No Elimination|
|2||Jive/”Nobody But Me”||7||7||7||Safe|
|4||Waltz/”Romeo and Juliet“||8||8||9||Safe|
|5||Samba/”Sweet Home Alabama“||8||7||7||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble/”Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)“||8||8||8||Bottom Two|
|7||Cha-Cha-Cha/”Born This Way“
Quickstep/”Pencil Full Of Lead“
|Viennese Waltz/”Maybe I Maybe You”
Cha-Cha-Cha/”Stuck in the Middle” -INSTANT DANCE
Salsa/”I Know You Want Me“
*Donnie Burns was a guest judge
After Lopez, she began dating fellow Ukrainian and Dancing With the Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the summer of 2008. They announced their engagement on December 31, 2008, but broke up in September, 2009 before they got married. 
In October 2009, Smirnoff began dating MLB pitcher Brad
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Who is Sheryl Suzanne Crow? The entertainment acting, music world knows her as Sheryl Crow. Crow is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of rock, folk, hip hop, country and pop. She has won nine Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
She has performed with The Rolling Stones and has sung duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Michelle Branch, and Sting among others. She has performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle, on her 1991 hit Little Black Book. Crow has released seven studio albums, two compilations, and a live album, and has contributed to film soundtracks. She has sold 16 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide and her newest album, 100 Miles from Memphis, was released on July 20, 2010. Recently she appeared on NBC‘s 30 Rock, ABC‘s Cougar Town, Disney Channel‘s Hannah Montana Forever and Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
Sheryl Suzanne Crow was born February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri, on February 11, 1962. Her father Wendell Crow is a lawyer and trumpet player, and her mother Bernice, a piano teacher. She has older sisters Kathy and Karen, and a younger brother Steven.
While studying at Kennett High School, Crow was a majorette and an All-State track athlete, winning medals in the 75-meter low hurdles. She also joined the Pep Club, the National Honor Society, National FFA Organization and Paperdoll Queen. She then enrolled at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition, Performance, and Education. While in college, Crow sang in a local band, Cashmere. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Society. Later, Crow was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Crow has stated that her musical inspirations are not restricted to one genre, as she likes absolutely anything with a drum beat. In 2008, she told Ellen DeGeneres that “If it didn’t have a drum beat, you can just forget about it!” 
Crow toured with Michael Jackson as a backup vocalist during his Bad World Tour from 1987–1989, and often performed with Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” She also recorded background vocals for performances from various established artists including Stevie Wonder, Belinda Carlisle and Don Henley.After graduating from college, Crow worked as a music teacher at the Kellison elementary school, in Fenton, Missouri. Teaching during the day allowed her the opportunity to sing in bands on weekends. Later, she was introduced to local musician and producer Jay Oliver. He had a thriving studio in the basement of his parents’ home, in St. Louis, and helped her by using her in advertising jingles. Her first jingle was a back-to-school spot for the St. Louis department store Famous-Barr. McDonald’s and Toyota commercial jingles soon followed. She was quoted in a 60 Minutes segment as saying she made $40,000 on her McDonald’s commercial alone.
Crow also sang in the short-lived Steven Bochco drama, Cop Rock, in 1990. The following year, she performed “Hundreds of Tears,” which was included in the Point Break soundtrack, and sang a duet with Kenny Loggins on the track “I Would Do Anything”, from his album Leap of Faith.
Scrapped debut album (1992)
In 1992, Crow recorded her first attempt at her debut album with Phil Collins‘ producer Hugh Padgham. The self-titled debut album was due to be released on September 22, 1992, but was ultimately rejected by her label. However, a handful of cassette copies of the album were leaked along with press folders to be used for album publicity. This album has been widely dispersed via file sharing networks and fan trading. In the meantime, Crow’s songs were recorded by major artists such as Celine Dion, Tina Turner and Wynonna Judd.
International success (1993-1997)
She then began dating Kevin Gilbert and joined him in an ad hoc group of musicians known to everyone in the group as the “Tuesday Music Club.” Group members, Gilbert, David Baerwald and David Ricketts (both formerly of David & David), Bill Bottrell, Brian MacLeod, and Dan Schwartz share songwriting credits with Crow on her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club.
The group existed as a casual songwriting collective prior to its association with Crow, but rapidly developed into a vehicle for her debut album after her arrival. Her relationship with Gilbert became acrimonious soon after the album was released, and disputes arose about songwriting credits.
Crow appeared in the “New Faces” section of Rolling Stone in 1993. Tuesday Night Music Club featured many of the songs written by Crow’s friends, including the second single, “Leaving Las Vegas.” The album was slow to garner attention, until “All I Wanna Do” became an unexpected smash hit in the spring of 1994. As she later stated in People, she found an old poetry book in a used book store in the L.A. area and used a poem as lyrics in the song. The singles “Strong Enough” and “Can’t Cry Anymore” were also released, with the first song (“Strong Enough”) charting at #5 on Billboard and “Can’t Cry Anymore” hitting the Top 40. Tuesday Night Music Club went on to sell more than 7 million copies in the US and UK during the 1990s. The album also won Crow three Grammy Awards, in 1995: Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Performance. She performed at the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock Festivals, as well as the Another Roadside Attraction in 1997.
Crow supplied background vocals to the song “The Garden of Allah” from Don Henley‘s 1995 album Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits.
In 1996, Crow released her self titled second album. The album had songs about abortion, homelessness and nuclear war. The debut single, “If It Makes You Happy,” became a radio success and netted her two Grammy awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Album. Other singles included “A Change Would Do You Good,” “Home” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road.” Crow produced the album herself. The album was banned from sale at Wal-Mart, as in the “Love Is A Good Thing” lyric Wal-Mart is implicated (by name) of supplying guns to which children later gain access. In 1997, Crow contributed the theme song to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Her song “Tomorrow Never Dies” was nominated for a Grammy Award and Best Original Song Golden Globe. Crow collaborated on Scott Weiland‘s 1998 album, 12 Bar Blues.
The Globe Sessions and Live (1998-1999)
In 1998 Crow released The Globe Sessions. During this period, she discussed in interviews having gone through a deep depression, and there was speculation about a brief affair with Eric Clapton. The debut single from this album, “My Favorite Mistake,” was rumored to be about him, although Crow claims otherwise about a philandering ex-boyfriend. Crow has refused to say who the song was about telling Billboard Magazine on the release of her album. “Oh, there will be just so much speculation, and because of that there’s great safety and protection in the fact that people will be guessing so many different people and I’m the only person who will ever really know. I’m really private about who I’ve had relationships with, and I don’t talk about them in the press. I don’t even really talk about them with the people around me.” Despite the difficulties in recording the album, Crow told the BBC in 2005 that: “My favorite single is ‘My Favorite Mistake,’ it was a lot of fun to record and it’s still a lot of fun to play.” The album won Best Rock Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards. It was re-released in 1999, with a bonus track, Crow’s cover of the Guns N’ Roses song “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” which was included on the soundtrack of the film Big Daddy. The song won the 1999 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Other singles included “There Goes the Neighborhood,” “Anything But Down,” and “The Difficult Kind.” Crow won Grammy best female rock vocal performance for “There Goes the Neighborhood” in 2001. The Globe Sessions peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart, achieving US sales of 2 million as of January 2008.
Later in 1998, Crow took part in a live concert in tribute to Burt Bacharach, in which she contributed vocals on One Less Bell to Answer.
In 1999, Crow also made her acting debut as an ill-fated drifter in the suspense/drama The Minus Man, which starred her then-boyfriend Owen Wilson as a serial killer.
She also released a live album called Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park. The record featured Crow singing many of her hit singles with new musical spins and guest appearances by many other musicians including Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, the Dixie Chicks, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton. “There Goes the Neighborhood” was included in the album, eventually winning the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
C’mon, C’mon and The Very Best of (2002-2004)
Crow had been involved with the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) since the late 1990s, performing at fund-raisers and befriending Sharon Monsky. In 2002, as a result of her friend Kent Sexton dying from scleroderma, she interrupted work on her new album C’mon C’mon to record the traditional hymn “Be Still, My Soul,” to be played at his funeral. In November of that year it was released as a single, with the proceeds going to SRF.
Crow’s fourth studio album, C’mon, C’mon was released in 2002, spawning the hit single “Soak Up the Sun.” Second single “Steve McQueen” won the Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy.
Crow opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, wearing a shirt that read “I don’t believe in your war, Mr. Bush!” during a performance on Good Morning America and posting an open letter explaining her opposition on her website. Crow, performing with Kid Rock at the 45th annual Grammy Awards, wore a large peace sign and a guitar strap with the words “No War.”
Crow recorded the song “Kiss That Girl” for the film Bridget Jones’s Diary. She also recorded a cover version of the Beatles‘ song “Mother Nature’s Son” for the film I Am Sam. Crow duetted with rapper Kid Rock on the crossover hit single “Picture.” She also assisted Rock on the track “Run Off to L.A.”
Crow collaborated with Michelle Branch on the song “Love Me Like That” for Branch’s second album, Hotel Paper, released in 2003. Crow was featured on the Johnny Cash album American III: Solitary Man in the song “Field of Diamonds” as a background vocalist, and also played the accordion for the songs “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Mary of the Wild Moor.”
In 2003, Crow released a greatest hits compilation called The Very Best of Sheryl Crow. It featured many of her hit singles, as well as some new tracks. Among them was the ballad “The First Cut is the Deepest” (originally a Cat Stevens song), which became her biggest radio hit since “All I Wanna Do.” She also released the single “Light In Your Eyes,” which received limited airplay. “The First Cut is the Deepest” earned her two American Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Artist and Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year, respectively.
In 2004, Crow appeared as a musical theater performer in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely.
Her fifth studio album Wildflower was released in September 2005. Although the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, it received mixed reviews and was not as commercially successful as her previous albums. In December 2005, the album was nominated for a Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy, while Crow was nominated for a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for the first single “Good Is Good.” However, she ultimately lost in both categories to Kelly Clarkson. The album got a new boost in 2006 when the second single was announced as “Always on Your Side,” re-recorded with British musician Sting and sent off to radio, where it was quickly embraced at Adult Top 40. The collaboration with Sting resulted in a Grammy-nomination for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. As of January 2008, Wildflower has sold 949,000 units in the U.S.
In 2006, Crow contributed the opening track, “Real Gone,” to the soundtrack for Disney/Pixar‘s animated film Cars. She also voices Elvis in the film. Crow was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in mid-February 2006, her doctors stating that “prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.”
Crow’s first concert after her cancer diagnosis was on May 18 in Orlando, Florida where she played to over 10,000 information technology professionals at the SAP Sapphire Convention. Her first public appearance was on June 12, when she performed at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The singer also appeared on Larry King Live on CNN on August 23, 2006. In this show she talked about her comeback, her breakup with Lance Armstrong, her past job as Michael Jackson’s backup singer, and her experience as a breast cancer survivor.
In late 2006, Crow was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the song “Try Not To Remember” (Best Original Song category) from the film Home of the Brave.
Crow wrote a foreword for the book Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips, author Kris Carr’s book that was based on her 2007 documentary film Crazy Sexy Cancer. Crow contributed her cover of the Beatles’s “Here Comes the Sun” on the Bee Movie soundtrack in November 2007. She contributed background vocals to the Ryan Adams song “Two” from the album Easy Tiger.
Crow returned with her sixth studio album Detours, which was released on February 5, 2008. Detours debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 92,000 copies in its first week and an additional 52,000 copies in its second week.
Detours was recorded at Crow’s Nashville farm. Her son, Wyatt, makes an appearance on the song “Lullaby for Wyatt,” which is featured in the movie Grace Is Gone. “The songs are very inspired by the last three years of events in my life,” Crow said of a time that found her battling breast cancer and splitting with partner Lance Armstrong.
“Shine Over Babylon” was the first promotional single from the album (download only). The first ‘official’ single to be released from the album was “Love Is Free,” followed by “Out of Our Heads.”
A liberal political activist, she endorsed Barack Obama for the United States Presidential Election and later performed on the 4th and last day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Crow has also recorded a studio version of “So Glad We Made It” for the “Team USA Olympic Soundtrack” in conjunction with the 2008 U.S. Olympic team sponsors AT&T. Crow also stated that $1 of each ticket purchased for her 2008 tour would be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme.
A&M Records re-released Sheryl’s debut album, “Tuesday Night Music Club” as a deluxe version 2CD/DVD set on November 17, 2009. The bonus CD contains unreleased songs and B-sides, and a new mix of “I Shall Believe.” The DVD features music videos for each of the album’s singles.
100 Miles from Memphis (2010 – )
In 2010, Crow contributed the original spoken-word track “My Name is Mwamaroyi” to the Enough Project and Downtown Records‘ Raise Hope for Congo compilation. Proceeds from the compilation fund efforts to make the protection and empowerment of Congo’s women a priority, as well as inspire individuals around the world to raise their voice for peace in Congo.
A&M Records released Crow’s seventh studio album, 100 Miles from Memphis, on July 20, 2010. The album has a classic soul vibe and features lead single “Summer Day.” 100 Miles from Memphis (released July 20 on A&M Records), the distance from her hometown to the music mecca, is an ode to her formative memories of music – and one that the label hopes can inspire young music fans to investigate the landscape beyond processed pop and Auto-Tune.
Later that year, she joined Loretta Lynn and country singer Miranda Lambert on an update of Lynn’s song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” for the 2010 album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. The song was later performed on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in November. 
Sheryl’s eighth studio album is in the works and is said to have more country flavor… Sheryl explained the album will be out early 2012
Crow began dating cyclist Lance Armstrong in 2003. The couple announced their engagement in September 2005 and their split in February 2006. Immediately following her split from Lance Armstrong, Crow was treated for breast cancer at a Los Angeles-based facility by breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk. Crow had “minimally invasive” surgery in late February 2006, followed by radiation therapy.
On May 11, 2007, Crow announced on her official website that she had adopted a two-week-old boy named Wyatt Steven Crow. The child was born on April 29, 2007. She and Wyatt live on a 154-acre (0.62 km2) farm outside Nashville, Tennessee.
On June 4, 2010, Crow announced that she adopted another boy named Levi James Crow, born on April 30, 2010.
She is the great-granddaughter of former congressman Charles A. Crow (1873–1938).
- 1993: Tuesday Night Music Club
- 1996: Sheryl Crow
- 1998: The Globe Sessions
- 2002: C’mon C’mon
- 2005: Wildflower
- 2008: Detours
- 2010: 100 Miles from Memphis
- 1996: Live From London
- 1998: The Minus Man
- 1999: Rockin’ the Globe Live
- 2003: C’mon America 2003
- 2003: The Very Best of Sheryl Crow: The Videos
- 2006: Wildlower Tour: Live from New York
- 2008: Sheryl Crow – Live
- 2009: 30 Rock 3×22 – Kidney Now!
- 2010: Cougar Town 1×18; 1×19; 1×20
- 2010: Hannah Montana 4×5
- 2011: Miles From Memphis – Live At The Pantages Theatre
- 2011: If It Makes You Healthy with Chuck White
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Who is Stephen John Nash? The professional basketball world knows Steve Nash as Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nash enjoyed a successful high-school basketball career, and he was eventually given a scholarship by Santa Clara University. In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and Nash was twice named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.
After graduating from Santa Clara as the team’s all-time leader in assists, Nash entered the 1996 NBA Draft and was selected as the 15th pick by the Phoenix Suns. He made a minimal impact, and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his third season with the Mavericks, he was voted into his first NBA All-Star Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection. Together with Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley, Nash led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals the following season. However, he became a free agent after the 2003–04 season and returned to the Phoenix Suns.
In the 2004–05 season, Nash led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals, and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was named MVP again in the 2005–06 season, and missed out on a third consecutive MVP title to Nowitzki the next season. Named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth greatest point guard of all time, Nash has led the league in assists and free-throw percentage at various points in his career. He is also ranked as one of the top players in NBA league history for three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, total assists and assists per game.
Nash has been honoured for his contributions to various philanthropic causes. In 2006, he was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He also received the Order of Canada in 2007, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria in 2008.
Nash was born 7 February 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa to a Welsh mother and an English father on 7 February 1974. His family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, when he was 18 months old, then to Vancouver, before finally settling in Victoria, British Columbia. Although Nash played soccer and ice hockey, often with his younger brother Martin, he did not start playing basketball until he was 12 or 13. However, in grade eight, he told his mother that one day he would play in the NBA and become a star.
Nash originally attended Mount Douglas Secondary School, but after his grades began to drop, his parents decided to enroll him at St. Michaels University School, a private boarding school. At St. Michaels, he starred in basketball, soccer, and rugby union. While playing basketball during his senior season, Nash averaged 21.3 points, 11.2 assists, and 9.1 rebounds per game. In the 1991–92 season, he led his team in his final year to the British Columbia AAA provincial championship title, and was named the province’s Player of the Year.
Although Nash’s high school coach, Ian Hyde-Lay, sent letters of inquiry and highlight reels on Nash’s behalf to over 30 American universities, Nash was not recruited by any university, until Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey requested video footage of the young guard. After watching Nash in person, Davey said he “was nervous as hell just hoping that no one else would see him. It didn’t take a Nobel Prize winner to figure out this guy’s pretty good. It was just a case of hoping that none of the big names came around.” However, Davey also told Nash that he was “the worst defensive player” he had ever seen.
Nash was awarded a scholarship by Santa Clara for the 1992–93 season. At that time, it had been five years since the Broncos appeared in the NCAA tournament. That changed when Nash led the Broncos to a West Coast Conference (WCC) title and an upset win over the No. 2 seeded Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. In that game, Nash scored six straight free throws in the last 30 seconds of the contest. Although Santa Clara was defeated by Temple in the next round, the 1992–93 campaign was considered a successful one. However, the Broncos failed to sustain the momentum the following season, and only managed a 5–7 record in the conference. The team rebounded in the 1994–95 season, with Nash being named Conference Player of the Year and the Broncos topping the WCC. Featuring the league leader for scoring and assists in Nash, the Broncos returned to the NCAA tournament, but they were defeated by Mississippi State. After the season, Nash contemplated turning professional, and decided against it when he learned that he would probably not be considered as a first-round pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.
In the 1995–96 season, Nash began attracting the attention of the national media and professional scouts. He had spent the summer before that honing his skills, playing with the Canadian national team and working out with the likes of established NBA players Jason Kidd and Gary Payton. Santa Clara again captured the WCC title, and for the second consecutive year, Nash was named Conference Player of the Year, the first Bronco to do so since Kurt Rambis. He scored 28 points in leading the #10 seed Broncos to a first round upset win over #7 seed Maryland, but then the Broncos were eliminated by Kansas. Nash’s performances ensured that he was named Honorable Mention All-America as a senior by The Associated Press and the USBWA. He also finished his career as Santa Clara’s all-time leader in career assists (510), free-throw percentage (.862), and made and attempted three-pointers (263–656). He remains third on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,689), and holds Santa Clara’s single-season free-throw percentage record (.894). In September 2006, Nash had his jersey (#11) retired, becoming the first Santa Clara student-athlete to receive that honour.
NCAA career statistics
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|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Phoenix Suns (1996–98)
After graduating with a degree in sociology, Nash was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. Upon hearing the draft announcement, Suns fans booed in disapproval of the relatively unknown player. This was because despite his impressive college accomplishments, Nash had not played in one of the major college conferences. During his first two seasons in the NBA, Nash played a supporting role behind NBA star point guards Kevin Johnson, Sam Cassell, and later, Jason Kidd. Both Johnson and Cassell had NBA Finals experience, while Kidd was the second overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and already an All-Star when he arrived at Phoenix.
In his rookie season, Nash only managed 10.5 minutes a game, but in his second season, his playing time increased significantly and he was even ranked 13th in the league for three-point field-goal percentage. Nevertheless, the Canadian’s tenure with the Suns did not last. While at Santa Clara, Nash had met and befriended Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Donnie Nelson, who worked for the Golden State Warriors at that time. After moving to Dallas, Nelson was able to convince his father, Don Nelson—then the Mavericks coach and general manager—to acquire the under-utilised Nash. Following the 1998 NBA Draft, Nash was traded from the Suns to the Mavericks in exchange for Martin Müürsepp, Bubba Wells, the draft rights to Pat Garrity and a first-round draft pick (who later turned out to be future Phoenix team-mate Shawn Marion).
Dallas Mavericks (1998–2004)
It was in Dallas that Nash established himself as a formidable point guard, beginning a decade as one of the game’s top players. During his first year as a Maverick (the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season) he started in all 40 games he played in, and averaged 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The 19–31 Mavericks failed to make the playoffs but in the 1999–2000 season, the team’s prospects improved considerably. Nash missed 25 mid-season games due to an ankle injury, but came back to record six double-doubles in the last month of play. He finished the season with averages of 8.6 points and 4.9 assists per game. More importantly for the team, second-year teammate and friend Dirk Nowitzki was blossoming quickly into a top player, veteran Michael Finley was having an All-Star-calibre year, and the team’s new owner, billionaire Mark Cuban, was bringing new energy and excitement to the franchise. Nash now had a supportive environment in which he could thrive.
In the 2000–01 season, Nash averaged 15.6 points and 7.3 assists per game in a breakout season. With Nash directing the team’s offense, Nowitzki and Finley playing at their best, and the acquisition of All-Star Juwan Howard complementing the high-scoring trio, the Mavericks earned a playoff berth for the first time in more than a decade. Dallas lost in the Western Conference Semifinals four games to one to the San Antonio Spurs, but it marked the beginning of a memorable run for Nash and the Mavericks. In the 2001–02 season, Nash posted career-highs of 17.9 points and 7.7 assists per game and earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game and on the All-NBA Third Team. He was now an All-Star, increasingly appearing in television commercials and, with Finley and Nowitzki, a part of the Dallas Mavericks “Big Three.” Dallas earned another trip to the playoffs but lost again in the Semifinals to the Sacramento Kings four games to one.
Nash closely replicated his previous season’s performance in the 2002–03 season, averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 assists per game, again earning All-Star and All-NBA Third Team honours. Nowitzki and Nash led the Mavericks from a 14-game winning streak to open the season all the way to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs four games to two. It was only the second Conference Finals appearance in the franchise’s history. The 2003–04 season saw an offensively boosted Mavericks roster (with the acquisitions of Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison) but a dip in Nash’s scoring contributions. As a result he was not selected for the All-Star and All-NBA team rosters even though he achieved new career highs in assists per game (8.8) and free-throw accuracy (91.6%). In the playoffs, the fifth-seeded Dallas failed to make progress yet again as the Sacramento Kings saw them off four games to one.
After the 2003–04 season, Nash became a free agent. He attempted to negotiate a long-term contract with Cuban, who was paying Walker, Finley, Nowitzki and Jamison nearly $50 million in combined salaries that season. Cuban wanted to build his franchise around the younger Nowitzki and did not want to risk signing the 30-year-old Nash to a long-term deal, and offered Nash a four-year deal worth about $9 million annually, with a fifth year partially guaranteed. The Phoenix Suns on the other hand offered the point guard a six-year, $63 million contract. Nash was reluctant to leave Dallas and returned to Cuban to see if he would match the deal; Cuban did not, and Nash signed for the Suns for the 2004–05 season. The Canadian would go on to win two League MVP awards with Phoenix, and on a 14 June 2006 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Cuban wondered out loud, “… you know Steve’s a great guy and I love him to death, but why couldn’t he play like an MVP for us?”
Return to Phoenix Suns (2004–present)
Nash joined a Suns team which had emerging young players in Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson and Amar’e Stoudemire. In the season before Nash arrived, the Suns had recorded a 29–53 win–loss record, and they were projected to have another poor season. Head coach Mike D’Antoni favoured an up-tempo style of basketball; this required smaller and more athletic players with the capability to outrun and outshoot their opponents. Nash’s familiarity with this style combined with the athleticism of his teammates produced an NBA-best 62–20 record and a points-per-game average of 110.4, the highest in a decade. The catalyst of this turnaround, Nash averaged 11.5 assists per game while making 50.2% of his field goals and 43.1% of his three-pointers in the regular season. He edged Shaquille O’Neal to win the 2004–05 NBA MVP award, becoming the first Canadian to earn the honour, as well as the third point guard ever to be named MVP, along with Magic Johnson and Bob Cousy. In the playoffs, Phoenix swept the Memphis Grizzlies in four games before meeting the Dallas Mavericks in the second round. Nash led the Suns to a 4–2 series win, and the Suns reached the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1993, but lost to the eventual NBA Champions and arch-rival, the San Antonio Spurs, in five games.
The next season, Stoudemire suffered a serious knee injury, and Johnson and Quentin Richardson were traded away. The Suns were not expected to repeat their successful 2005 season, but with Nash directing the same high-tempo offence, the team compiled a respectable 54–28 record and won the division title. The Suns were again the highest-scoring team in the league with seven players averaging double figures in points per game, and Nash was voted for the first time to start for the 2006 Western All-Star team. Having recorded career highs in points (18.8), rebounds (4.2), field goal percentage (.512) and free-throw percentage (a league-leading .921), and leading the league with 10.5 assists per game, Nash was named the league MVP for the second year in a row. In the first round of the playoffs, Phoenix overcame a 3–1 deficit against the Los Angeles Lakers and won the series 4–3. The Los Angeles Clippers were their Conference Semifinals opponents, and the Suns again needed seven games to clinch the series. For the second year in a row however, the Suns bowed out in the Conference Finals, this time to Nash’s former team, Dallas.
In the 2006–07 season, Nash had another stellar campaign, averaging 18.6 points and a career-high 11.6 assists per game while becoming the first person since Magic Johnson in 1990–91 to average 18 points and 11 assists per game during the regular season. Nash received the most votes for first-team All-NBA and was joined by teammate Stoudemire; the two were the first teammates to make the first team since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in 2003–04. Nash received 129 first-place votes and 645 total points from the panel of 129 media members. He narrowly missed being MVP a third consecutive time, coming in second with 44 first place votes to 83 for Dirk Nowitzki. In the playoffs, the Suns eliminated the Lakers in five games, but were unable to overcome the Spurs in the Conference Semifinals, losing the series 4–2.
Nash played in 81 regular-season games during the 2007–08 season; in this campaign, the Western Conference was especially competitive and he led the Suns to 55 wins and the sixth seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Although there was a dip in his regular-season output, Nash’s shooting remained sharp; the accuracy of his shooting was on par with his 2005–06 MVP campaign (shooting at least 50% from the field, 40% from the three-point arc, and 90% from the free throw line). On 31 January 2008, he collected his All-Star stripes for the sixth time in his career. However, Nash continued to experience agony in the playoffs. Despite a mid-season trade that sent Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat and brought four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal to the team, the Suns were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs for the third time in four years. In the deciding Game 5, Nash was perceived to have suffered from “elimination-game jitters”, and turned over the ball twice in the final two minutes of what was a tight contest. Nevertheless, Nash was later named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2007–08 season.
Before the 2008–09 season began, coach D’Antoni was replaced by Terry Porter, who preferred a more defensive-oriented style of basketball. The Suns had difficulties adapting to this new system, and even a December trade involving sending stalwarts Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats for athletic swingman Jason Richardson saw the team continue to struggle. Porter was then replaced by Alvin Gentry in February after a 28–23 record, but the Suns were unable to secure the final seed for the playoffs, resulting in Nash missing the playoffs for the first time since he returned to Phoenix for his second stint.
Nash and the Suns opened the 2009–10 season with a series of strong performances, going 8–1 in their first nine games (a franchise-best since 1980–81), with Nash producing two 20-assists games. On 21 January 2010, Nash was named as the starting point guard for the West for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. With him operating at the point, the Suns were the highest-scoring team in the league for the fifth season in a row, and were seeded third in the conference for the playoffs with 54 wins. Behind solid performances by Richardson and veteran Grant Hill, the Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 4–2 in the first round of the playoffs, and swept the Spurs 4–0 in the second round. The Suns met the defending champions, Los Angeles Lakers, in the Conference Finals. After losing the first two games, Phoenix won the next two to tie the series. A Ron Artest buzzer-beater in Game 5 pushed the Lakers one game closer to the Finals, and Kobe Bryant‘s 37 points in Game 6 completed the defeat of the Suns.
The Suns underwent two major roster changes in the 2010–11 season. During the pre-season, Stoudemire left for New York, while longtime teammate Leandro Barbosa was traded for Hedo Türkoğlu. Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick were also recruited to join the Suns. Not long after the season began, Türkoğlu, Richardson, and Earl Clark were traded to Orlando for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Mickaël Piétrus, while rising star Goran Dragic was traded to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks. The Suns had difficulty being even a .500 team, and for the second time since Nash returned to Phoenix, the Suns failed to make the playoffs.
|Competitor for Canada|
|FIBA Americas Championship|
|Bronze||2001 Neuquén||National team|
In 1993, while in college, Nash played for the national team and competed in the Canada Games and World University Games. He won a bronze medal at the Canada Games and won a silver medal at the World University Games, losing to Team USA, which included players such as Michael Finley and Damon Stoudamire.
Nash captained Canada at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He led Canada to win their round robin group with a victory over Spain and a stunning 83–75 win over favoured Yugoslavia when he scored 26 points with eight rebounds and eight assists. Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals with a loss to France and Nash left the court in tears. Nash expressed disappointment with the result, saying “It hurts a lot. I feel like I let everybody down. We could have been in the championship game. We were good enough.” Nevertheless, he did see a possible silver lining, saying “Hopefully kids [in Canada] will be inspired to play—that’s what I really hope.” A victory in its final game of the tournament, a placement game against Russia, enabled Canada to salvage 7th place. Nash’s Olympic performance propelled him to stardom in Canada and he finished fifth in voting for the 2000 Lionel Conacher Award, which is handed out to the Canadian male athlete of the year.
Nash again led Team Canada during qualifying for the 2004 Summer Olympics at the Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was named tournament MVP, but Canada finished fourth, missing out on the three Olympic spots available. That was the last time Nash played for Canada. In December 2007, he said, “In my mind right now, I’m not going to play for Canada any more.”
Nash is most noted for his playmaking, ball-handling skills and shooting. He led the league in assists for five years, averaging 11.5 assists per game in 2004–05, 10.5 in 2005–06, 11.6 in 2006–07, 11.0 in 2009–10 and 11.4 in 2010–11 and won the 2005 and 2010 NBA All-Star Skills Contests. As of the end of 2010–11 season, he has a 90.4% free-throw shooting average (tied for best in NBA history), a 42.9% career three-point shooting average (eight-best in league history), and his total assists, assists per game, and three-point field goals made rank him as one of the top 10 players in league history. In addition, he is ranked third (starting from 1986–87) in regular season point-assist double doubles. In the 2005–06 season, Nash became the fourth player in NBA history to shoot 50% or better from the field, 40% from three-point range (43.9), and 90% from the line, joining Larry Bird, Reggie Miller and Mark Price in the 50-40-90 Club. This was a feat he would repeat in the 2006-07, 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2009–10 campaigns. Only 11 times has a player shot 50-40-90 in an NBA season while also achieving the NBA league minimum number of makes. Nash (five times) and Larry Bird (three times) are the only players to have accomplished this feat more than once. A two-time NBA MVP, Nash is only the second point guard (along with Magic Johnson) to win the MVP award multiple times and the third guard in NBA history to earn back-to-back MVPs (joining Johnson and Michael Jordan). Only nine other NBA players have won back-to-back MVP awards: Johnson, Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James. On 11 May 2006, ESPN.com rated Nash as the 9th-best point guard of all time, and in a survey by nba.com in 2007, Nash received 85% of the votes by the league’s general managers as best point guard in the league. In a similar survey in 2009, Nash was rated as the best passer of the ball and the player possessing the best basketball IQ. Commenting on Nash losing out to former teammate Dirk Nowitzki for the 2007 NBA MVP, Boston Celtics centre and Hall of Famer Russell stated: “I think, on the world stage, he’s one of our great athletes in all sports… I’m a big fan. The two MVPs he got, he deserved. Part of the reason that he’s so good and so effective is that the guys like playing with him. He creates an atmosphere where they win games.”
In terms of specific skills, Nash is particularly effective playing the pick and roll, notably with Nowitzki when he was at Dallas and later with the Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion. When Nash returned to Phoenix in 2004, he helped the Suns improve from a 29–53 record in 2003–04 to 62–20 in 2004–05, reaching the Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years, earning him his first MVP award. The next season, he led the Suns into the Conference Finals, despite the injuries of all three big men (Stoudemire, Kurt Thomas and Brian Grant); further, Nash was responsible for seven of his teammates attaining career-highs in season scoring. With Nash operating at the point, between the 2005–06 and 2009–10 seasons, the Suns led the league in field goal percentage.
NBA career statistics
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- Correct as of 25 May 2011
NBA career highlights
- 2× NBA Most Valuable Player: 2005, 2006
- 7× NBA All-Star: 2002–03, 2005–08, 2010
- 7× All-NBA selection:
- First team: 2005–07
- Second team: 2008, 2010
- Third team: 2002, 2003
- 2× NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge winner: 2005, 2010
- 5× NBA regular season leader for assists per game: 2005 (11.5), 2006 (10.5), 2007 (11.6), 2010 (11.0), 2011 (11.4)
- 5× NBA regular season leader for total assists: 2005 (861), 2006 (826), 2007 (884), 2010 (892), 2011 (855)
- 2× NBA regular season leader for free-throw percentage: 2006 (.921), 2010 (.938)
- 7× NBA regular season leader for assists per 48 minutes: 2004 (12.6), 2005 (16.1), 2006 (14.2), 2007 (15.8), 2008 (15.5), 2010 (16.1), 2011 (16.4)
- 4× member of 50-40-90 Club: (2006, 2008–10)
- Has more 50-40-90 seasons than any other player in NBA history
- One of only five players to have ever shot 50-40-90
- One of only two players to have shot 50-40-90 more than once
- Lou Marsh Trophy (Canadian athlete of the year): 2005
- 3× Lionel Conacher Award (Canadian male athlete of the year): 2002, 2005, 2006
- J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (NBA award for outstanding citizenship and community service): 2007
Off the court
In 2001, Nash met Alejandra Amarilla in Manhattan. They married in June 2005 and have twin daughters, Lola and Bella, born on October 14, 2004, and a son, Matteo Joel, born November 12, 2010. On the day of his son’s birth, Nash made a statement to Life & Style in which he announced the birth but called it a “bittersweet moment”, revealing that he and his wife had “lived separately for the past several months” and are “in the process of dissolving” their marriage.
Nash’s younger brother, Martin Nash, played soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and made 30 appearances for the Canadian national soccer team. Their younger sister, Joann, was the captain of the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team for three years and was named a Canada West Universities Athletic Association All-Star. She is married to Manny Malhotra of the NHL Vancouver Canucks.
Nash has a medical condition called spondylolisthesis, which causes muscle tightness and back pain. Due to the condition, when he is not in the game he lies on his back rather than sitting on the bench to keep his muscles from stiffening.
In 2001, Nash formed the Steve Nash Foundation. Through grants to public service and nonprofit entities, the foundation aims to foster health in kids by funding projects that provide services to children affected by poverty, illness, abuse, or neglect, and create opportunity for education, play, and empowerment. It focuses its resources on communities in Phoenix, Arizona, and British Columbia, Canada. It was given charitable status in 2004. This foundation was awarded the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy in 2008. Nash also founded the Jim Jennings Memorial Endowment Fund, established in honour of a volunteer staff member at Santa Clara University who served the basketball team for more than 20 years.
Elsewhere, Nash is the sponsor of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball League in British Columbia that has grown over 10,000 participants. He has also become involved with GuluWalk, a Canadian-operated charitable organization that raises awareness and funds for the war-affected children of northern Uganda. In September 2007, Nash and Yao Ming headlined a group of NBA players who travelled to China and played an exhibition game with the Chinese national basketball team. The charity event reportedly raised 2.5 million dollars, earmarked for Chinese children in need.
In May 2006, Nash was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the accompanying write-up by Charles Barkley, Nash was lauded for his unselfishness on the basketball court, and being “just a nice guy” who had paid for a new pediatric cardiology ward in a Paraguayan hospital. On 28 December 2007, it was announced that Nash would receive Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, and on 3 June 2008, it was announced that Nash would receive a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. On 18 September 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Victoria, in recognition of his athletic achievements and his philanthropic work on behalf of young people through the Steve Nash Foundation.
Nash is known to be selective about endorsing products, preferring to work with companies he deems socially responsible. After winning his first MVP award, he was approached to be the spokesperson for numerous products, including MDG Computers, Raymond Weil watches, Vitamin Water, and Clearly Canadian bottled water. He also has a longstanding relationship with Nike. Like fellow NBA stars Yao Ming, Carmelo Anthony, and Greg Oden, Nash is represented by agent Bill Duffy.
Nash grew up playing soccer—he stated in a 2005 interview that he could have played professionally if he had focused on it—and continues to hold an interest in the sport. When Dirk Nowitzki arrived in the NBA from Germany, he and Nash became close friends, in part because they enjoyed watching soccer together. Nash is friends with several professional soccer players, including Alessandro Del Piero, Thierry Henry, Owen Hargreaves, Massimo Ambrosini and Steve McManaman. During his off-season, when he lives in New York City, he has trained with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, and once tried to arrange a pick-up game in the city’s Central Park with the Red Bulls and one of his local teams.
Nash—whose father was born in the Tottenham district of London—is a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur supporter, and has expressed interest in owning a minority stake in the club. “I’d like to be an owner. It’s something I could do for the rest of my life after my little window of popularity dies,” he said in an interview with The New York Times. Nash added, “I’ve been a passionate supporter all my life. My parents are from north London and so it’s not like I’m some Yank who wants to make a profit out of football. I don’t care about making money. I just want to see Spurs succeed and, if I can help, that’s great.” However, he said any participation in Spurs would come after his basketball career is over, and he has had only “casual contact” with chairman Daniel Levy and former director of football Damien Comolli. Nash is also a fan of Brazilian team Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, which his former Suns teammate Leandro Barbosa supports. When Barbosa visited Corinthians in 2007, the club gave him a shirt with Nash’s name and jersey number.
Nash had also previously made statements about his intention to bring Major League Soccer to Vancouver as early as 2011, which he has succeeded in doing. He joined the USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC team’s ownership group in July 2008 and in March 2009, Vancouver was officially named as a future MLS expansion city, set to join the league in 2011.
Nash, along with former Yahoo! president and fellow Victoria-native Jeff Mallett, are investors in Women’s Professional Soccer, a soccer league that was launched in March 2009. Nash cited his twin daughters and wanting to have role models for them to look up to as a reason for supporting the league. Nash also co-hosted Showdown in Chinatown in 2008, an 8-on-8 charity soccer game held at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. He scored two goals in his team’s 8–5 victory. Participants included Thierry Henry, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis, and Suns teammates Raja Bell and Leandro Barbosa.
Nash and a Montreal-based partner, Leonard Schlemm, opened the first Steve Nash Sports Club in the spring of 2007 in downtown Vancouver, a high-end, $5-million, 38,500-square-foot (3,580 m2) facility that will mirror Nash’s own fitness philosophy.
In 2007, Nash wrote and produced an 81-second commercial for Nike titled “Training Day”, directed by Julian Schnabel‘s daughter Lola, which gained popularity as a viral video on YouTube. Nash also started a film production company together with his cousin, filmmaker Ezra Holland, and intends to produce independent films. The first creative effort to come from Meathawk was a 91-second commercial, titled “The Sixty Million Dollar Man”, for Nike’s eco-friendly Trash Talk shoe, the first high-performance shoe to be made—at the behest of the environmentally conscious Nash—from recycled materials. Nash has worn the shoe since February 2008 but Nike produced only 5,000 pairs for sale. The ad which broke virally on Earth Day 2008, was written by Nash and the directors of the spot, Danny Vaia and Ezra Holland. It is a spoof remake of the title sequence of the American television series The Six Million Dollar Man and plays on Nash’s numerous on-court collisions. Amar’e Stoudemire and Raja Bell have cameo appearances. Nash and Holland also co-directed the documentary Into the Wind, about iconic Canadian athlete and activist Terry Fox, as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
For the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Nash became the first NBA player in Olympic history to carry the torch and light the Olympic cauldron.
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Who is Jason Frederick Kidd? The professional basketball world knows Jason Kidd as an American professional basketball player in the NBA who plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He led the New Jersey Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances (2002 and 2003). He has played the most playoff games of any active player who has not won a championship, taking his teams to the post season 14 years straight. His on-court versatility also makes him a regular triple-double threat, and he is in third place all-time for regular season triple-doubles in the NBA with a career total of 107 and second in playoffs triple-doubles with a career total of 11.
Born in San Francisco, Kidd played college basketball at the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. Then, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. In the middle of the 2007-2008 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas. Along with his two NBA Finals appearances, Kidd won two Olympic gold medals with the US national team in 2000 and 2008.
Kidd was born March 23, 1973 in San Francisco, California, the oldest of 6 children of Steve and Anne Kidd. His father, now deceased (heart attack at 61), was African-American and his mother is Irish American. He was raised in the Oakland Hills, an upper middle class section of Oakland. He attended St. Paschal Baylon school in Oakland Hills. He frequented the city courts of Oakland, where he often found himself pitted against future NBA All-Star Gary Payton. The two still reminisce about the playing days of their youth. During his youth, Kidd also excelled at soccer as well as other sports.
At St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, under the guidance of coach Frank LaPorte, Kidd led the Pilots to back-to-back state championships, averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals his senior season. During that year, he also received a host of individual honors, including the Naismith Award as the nation’s top high school player, and was named Player of the Year by PARADE and USA Today. The all-time prep leader in assists (1,155) and the state’s seventh-best career scorer (2,661 points), Kidd was voted California Player of the Year for the second time and also a McDonald’s All-American.
After a highly publicized recruiting process, Kidd shocked many fans and pundits alike by choosing to attend the nearby University of California, Berkeley—a school that was coming off a 10–18 season and hadn’t won a conference title since 1960—over a slew of top-ranked collegiate programs including the University of Arizona, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, and The Ohio State University.
During his first year at California, Kidd averaged 13.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.8 steals per game which earned him national Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the All Pac-10 Team along with teammate and fellow freshman Danny Anderson, making them the fifth and sixth newcomer in conference history to do so. His 110 steals broke both the NCAA record for most steals by a freshman and set a school record for most steals in a season, while his 220 assists that season also was a school record. His play also was a key factor in the resurgence of Cal Basketball and helped The Golden Bears earn an NCAA Tournament bid, where they upset two-time defending National Champion Duke University in the second round of that tournament before losing to Kansas in the Sweet 16.
Kidd continued his success as a sophomore, tallying averages of 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 9.1 assists, breaking his previous school record for most assists in a season with 272, while also leading the nation in that category. He was also selected a First Team All-American, the first Cal player to be so named since 1968, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to receive that honor. The Golden Bears would make the NCAA Tournament again as a 5 seed, but would be upset in the first round by Dick Bennett‘s twelve-seeded Wisconsin–Green Bay team 61–57. Kidd was also named a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as college basketball’s top player and subsequently opted to enter the NBA Draft in 1994. In 2004, the University of California, Berkeley retired Kidd’s number 5 jersey, cementing his place among the school’s all-time greats.
Dallas Mavericks (1994-1996)
Kidd was selected as the second pick overall by the Dallas Mavericks, behind Glenn Robinson of Purdue, and just ahead of Duke's versatile swingman Grant Hill. In his first year he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and led the NBA in triple doubles, sharing 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons. The year before the Mavericks drafted Jason Kidd, they ended a season with the worst record in the NBA at 13–69. After Kidd's first season with the Mavericks, their record improved to 36–46 which was the best improvement in the NBA that season. Kidd also was voted in as a starter in the 1996 All-Star Game. At the first 3 years with the Mavericks, the move most people associated him with is "the Baseball pass". Kidd was a member of the "Three J's" in Dallas along with Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn. However, that plan did not come to fruition, as all three found themselves playing for other teams shortly thereafter.
Phoenix Suns (1996-2001)
Kidd was traded to the Phoenix Suns with Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer for Michael Finley, A. C. Green, and Sam Cassell during the 1996–97 season. Kidd would make the All-Star Game three times (1998, 2000, & 2001) with the Suns. In 2001, after five seasons in Phoenix in which the team made the playoffs each year under Kidd, he was traded, along with Chris Dudley to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman, and Somailia Samake.
New Jersey (2001–2008)
The 2001–02 season saw Kidd lead the Nets to a surprising 52–30 finish, and marked one of his best all-around seasons as he finished second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in MVP voting. Many have argued that Kidd deserved to win the award because of his impact in New Jersey—transforming the Nets from perennial league doormats into championship contenders seemingly in the space of a single training camp. His contribution to the Nets during his first season in New Jersey was huge, and resulted in one of the greatest turnarounds in NBA history. He was also fortunate to join the team when he did, as the team reaped the benefits of the newly healthy Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn; along with the trading of Eddie Griffin for Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins, and Brandon Armstrong.
Under Kidd's guidance, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs and ended up advancing all the way to the Eastern Conference title and the franchise's first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. However, New Jersey's season would end without an improbable NBA crown, as Kidd and the Nets were swept in four games by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers. New Jersey enjoyed another stellar season under the helm of Kidd's leadership in the 2002–03 NBA season, during which the team finished 49–33 and reached the NBA Finals once again, only to succumb to Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs in six games. He had his highest scoring season with 18.7 points per game and led the league in assists with 8.9 per game.
On July 1, 2004, Kidd underwent microfracture surgery to repair a damaged knee. He made a full recovery and returned to the court in December of that year, during which the Nets acquired star swingman Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors. With the Nets hanging on the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and with Jefferson injured, Carter and Kidd combined to fuel the team to a late regular-season surge that enabled them to inch past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East. However, their season would come to an end early as they fell in four games to top-seeded Miami in the first round.
In 2005–06, Kidd averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.4 assists (5th in the league). On February 1, 2007, Kidd was named a reserve for the NBA All-Star game along with teammate Vince Carter. However, Kidd missed the game because of a strained back and was replaced on the roster by Joe Johnson.
On April 7, 2007, Kidd and Carter became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it in 1989 for the Chicago Bulls. Kidd finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds, and 18 assists. In the 2006–07 postseason, Kidd notched his 10th postseason career triple-double on April 27, 2007 in game three against the Toronto Raptors. He recorded 16 points on 50% field goal shooting, a playoff career high 19 assists, 16 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block, as the Nets defeated the Raptors 102–89. He tied Larry Bird for second All-time in career postseason triple-doubles. In the first round of the postseason, Kidd averaged 14.0 points, 13.2 assists, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals, as the Nets defeated the Raptors in six games. He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series. In Game 3 of the second round in the 2006–07 playoffs, Kidd recorded his 11th postseason triple-double with 23 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, breaking the tie with Larry Bird for second place on the All-Time career list. For the postseason, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 10.9 assists and 10.9 rebounds in twelve playoff games. He became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason.
In the 2007–08 NBA season, Kidd became the third player to get a triple-double in three straight games since 1989. He did so after he logged his 97th career triple-double in a 99–115 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Kidd was voted by the fans to start in the 2008 All-Star game in New Orleans as a guard along with Dwyane Wade.
After that season Kidd had been mentioned in trade rumors, notably to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the deal fell through when the Lakers refused to give up their young center Andrew Bynum. On January 28, 2008, Kidd revealed that his agent has been talking to the Nets’ front office about a trade. On February 19, 2008, Kidd was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the team that originally drafted him.
Return to Dallas (2008–present)
On February 13, 2008, the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets reached an agreement on a trade to send Kidd and Malik Allen to Dallas for Devin Harris, Devean George, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, two first-round drafts picks (in 2008 and 2010), and $3 million, but the trade fell through when George invoked his (Early) Bird rights, as was stipulated in his contract at the time. The trade was retooled, with Trenton Hassell replacing George, and Keith Van Horn, who had agreed to come out of retirement, replacing Stackhouse, because NBA officials informed the Mavericks that if Stackhouse were to be included in the deal, he could not re-sign with the team if the Nets chose to buy out his contract.Antoine Wright was also added to the retooled trade proposal (the two teams originally agreed on a separate deal that would send Wright to the Mavericks for a 2008 second-round pick, but were ultimately able include him in the Kidd deal). On February 19, 2008, Kidd was officially traded to the Mavericks along with Allen and Wright for Van Horn (via a sign and trade deal), Harris, Diop, Hassell, Ager, $3 million, Ryan Anderson (the future 2008 first round pick), and the 2010 first round pick.
On July 5, 2009 Kidd verbally committed to re-signing with the Mavericks after being pursued heavily by the New York Knicks. The three-year deal is reportedly worth more than $25 million, all of it fully guaranteed.
On Halloween of 2010 against the Clippers, Kidd threw up a shot from 75 feet away from the basket before the half-time buzzer and sank it in.
On November 12, 2010, Kidd dished out his 11,000th assist, an alley-oop dunk to teammate Tyson Chandler.
On April 16, 2008, Kidd reached a new career milestone, achieving his 100th career triple-double in the final regular-season game with the Dallas Mavericks that year against the New Orleans Hornets. In the 2008–2009 season, Kidd became just the fourth player in NBA history to reach the 10,000 assist milestone and is now the only player in NBA history with 15,000 points, 10,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds. On April 5, 2009 Kidd passed Magic Johnson at third on the all-time assist list in a convincing 140–116 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Kidd scored 19 points with 6–8 shooting and a season high 20 assists giving him a total of 10142 career assists. On November 26, 2009, Kidd moved into 2nd place on the all-time assists list in a win against the Houston Rockets, surpassing Mark Jackson on the list. Kidd currently holds the record for most games played amongst active players.
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|Gold||2008 Beijing||National Team|
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|Gold||1999 San Juan||National Team|
|Gold||2003 San Juan||National Team|
|Gold||2007 Las Vegas||National Team|
Jason Kidd’s first participation in USA basketball came after his first season at University of California, Berkeley. He was the only freshman chosen to take part in Team USA’s 10-member team. The team played five games in Europe and finished with a record of 3–2. Kidd tied for team highs in assists per game with 4.0, and steals per game with 1.4. He also had averages of 8.4 points per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Kidd’s next stint with USA basketball came in 1999 where he participated in the USA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The team finished with an undefeated record of 10–0 resulting in a gold medal and earning a berth at the 2000 Olympics. Kidd averaged 7.4 ppg, 6.8 apg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 spg and again led the team in apg and spg.
In 2000, Kidd was appointed as one of Team USA’s tri-captains for the 2000 Olympics at Sydney, Australia. Kidd again led the team to an undefeated record of 8–0 which resulted in team USA winning the gold medal at the Olympic games. Kidd had averages of 6.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and had team highs of 4.4 apg, and 1.1 spg. Kidd also had a FG% of 51.6 and shot 50% from 3-point range.
In November 2002, Kidd was selected to participate in the 2002 USA Basketball Men’s World Championship Team. However, he had to withdraw from the team due to an injury.
Kidd came back the next year and participated at the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. Kidd again led the team to a record of 10–0, bringing home the gold medal and a berth at the 2004 Olympics. Kidd started all 10 games and had averages of 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.9 apg, and 1.2 spg.
However, Jason Kidd again had to withdraw from the 2004 Olympic team due to another injury.
In 2007, Kidd participated in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. Kidd helped the team to a 10–0 record where he brought home another gold medal and a berth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Kidd had averages of 1.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, and 1.3 spg. He also shot 60% from the field and 62.5% from 3-point. Kidd led the entire tournament with assist-to-turnover ratio of 9.20. With Kidd’s help team USA averaged 116.7 ppg, and defeated their opponents by a margin of 39.5 ppg.
In 2008, Kidd participated in the 2008 Olympics where the team yet again went undefeated in winning their first gold medal since the 2000 Olympics. The team, given the “Redeem team” moniker because of failures in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and 2004 Summer Olympics, were once again crowned to be the best team in world basketball.
Jason Kidd has an impressive resume in USA basketball. In his professional career, he has an undefeated record of 56–0 including exhibition games. He has brought home five gold medals: three from Olympic qualifying tournaments, one from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and one from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In January 2001, Jason Kidd was arrested and pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse charge for assaulting his wife Joumana in anger. As part of his plea, Kidd was ordered to attend anger management classes for six months. Kidd completed the mandatory counseling and continued to attend on his own, and it was reported that Kidd had given up alcohol. He and his wife were both active in their church and were thought to have completely reconciled. On January 9, 2007, Jason Kidd filed for divorce against his wife, citing “extreme cruelty” during their relationship. Kidd contended intense jealousy, paranoia, and the threat of “false domestic abuse claims” to the police as reasons for the divorce. On February 15, 2007 Joumana Kidd filed a counterclaim for divorce, claiming that the NBA star—among countless instances of abuse—”broke her rib and damaged her hearing by smashing her head into the console of a car”. The couple have three children (Trey Jason (T.J.), and twins Miah and Jazelle).
Jason Kidd announced on his website that he would marry fiancee Porschla Coleman, with whom he has a son, on September 10, 2011. Porschla is a former model and has taken over the reins of the Jason Kidd Foundation.
NBA career statistics
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- 10-time NBA All-Star: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
- 6-time All-NBA:
- First Team: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
- Second Team: 2003
- 9-time All-Defensive Selection:
- First Team : 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006
- Second Team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
- NBA co-Rookie of the Year: 1995 (with Grant Hill)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1995
- NBA All-Star Skills Challenge champion: 2003
- 5-time NBA regular-season leader, assists per game: 1999 (10.8), 2000 (10.1), 2001 (9.8), 2003 (8.9), 2004 (9.2)
- 3-time NBA regular-season leader, total assists: 1999 (539), 2001 (753), 2003 (711)
- NBA regular-season leader, total steals: 2002 (175)
Turnovers, game: 14, Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks, November 17, 2000
- Tied with John Drew
Ranks 2nd in NBA history
Assists, career: 11,007 (as of November 13, 2010)
Triple-doubles, career: 11
- Trailing Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Steals, 4-game series: 16, Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs, 1998 (4.0 spg)
- Trailing Lionel Hollins
Ranks 3rd in NBA history
Turnovers, game: 12, twice
12, New Jersey Nets at Atlanta Hawks, January 6, 2003
12, New Jersey Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers, March 16, 2003
Assists, career: 1,062
- Tied with Larry Bird
Assists, 4-game series: 53, Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings, 2001 (13.3 apg)
- Trailing Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Three-point field goal attempts, game: 10, New Jersey Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs, June 13, 2003
Ranks 4th in NBA history
Seasons leading the league in assists: 5 (Phoenix Suns, 1998–99-2000–01; New Jersey Nets, 2002–03-2003–04)
Assists, half: 16, first half, Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, April 5, 2009
Steals, career: 2,343
Only player in NBA history to record at least 15,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists in his playing career
Only player in NBA history to record 700 assists and 500 rebounds in a season seven times. Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson have each done this six times.
One of two players in NBA history to average a triple-double in a playoff series of at least six games
- Kidd averaged 17.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals for the New Jersey Nets vs. Boston Celtics
- Kidd achieved this feat again in the 2007 Eastern Conference First Round vs. the Toronto Raptors, averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 13.2 assists per game.
- Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the only other player to achieve this.
Second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason
- Kidd finished with averages of 14.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 10.9 assists in 12 games during the 2007 NBA playoffs.
- Oscar Robertson averaged 28.8 points, 11.0 assists and 11.0 rebounds in 4 games in a 3–1 first-round loss in 1962.
One of three players to average a triple-double for multiple playoff series
One of three players in NBA history to have at least 15,000 points and 10,000 assists in his career
Fourth player in NBA history to record 10,000 assists
Fourth player in NBA history to lead the league in assist-per-game average for 3 consecutive seasons
One of five players to average a triple-double for a playoff series
One of three players in NBA history to record at least 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists in a playoff game
- Wilt Chamberlain and Fat Lever also achieved this.
Only player in the past 10 years to record a triple-double in three consecutive games — January 4, 2008 to January 8, 2008
11th player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career steals
Phoenix Suns franchise records
Consecutive points scored in a game: 16, at Houston Rockets, March 29, 2001
- Broken by Steve Nash on December 22, 2006
Three-point field goals made, game: 8, at Golden State Warriors, March 17, 1997
- Broken by Quentin Richardson on December 29, 2004
Free throw attempts, half: 19, second half, vs. Vancouver Grizzlies, March 22, 1999
Assists, quarter: 10, first quarter, vs. Charlotte Hornets, February 20, 1998
- Broken by Steve Nash on January 6, 2006
New Jersey Nets franchise records
Three-point field goals made, career: 813
Three-point field goal attempts, career: 2,377
Assists, career: 4,620
Assists, season: 808 (2001–02)
Steals, career: 950
Turnovers, game: 12, twice
12, at Atlanta Hawks, January 6, 2003
12, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, March 16, 2003
- Tied with Kevin Porter
Games played, career: 78
- Tied with Richard Jefferson
Minutes played, career: 3,245
Minutes played, game: 57, at Detroit Pistons, May 14, 2004 (3 OT)
Points, career: 1,308
Field goals made, career: 466
Field goal attempts, career: 1,171
Three-point field goals made, career: 121
Three-point field goals made, game: 5, thrice
5, at Boston Celtics, May 12, 2003 (2 OT)
5, vs. Toronto Raptors, April 29, 2007
5, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, May 12, 2007
Three-point field goal attempts, career: 403
Three-point field goal attempts, game: 10, thrice
10, at Boston Celtics, May 12, 2003 (2 OT)
10, vs. San Antonio Spurs, June 13, 2003
10, vs. Miami Heat, May 1, 2005
Rebounds, career: 642
Offensive rebounds, career: 149
Defensive rebounds, career: 493
Assists, career: 710
Assists, game: 19, vs. Toronto Raptors, April 27, 2007
Steals, career: 144
Dallas Mavericks franchise records
Assists, season: 783 (1995–96) (9.7 apg)
Assists, game (overtime): 25, vs. Utah Jazz, February 8, 1996 (2 OT)
Assists, game (regulation): 20, vs. Phoenix Suns, April 5, 2009
Assists, half: 16, first half, vs. Phoenix Suns, April 5, 2009
Assists, overtime: 5, first overtime, vs. Seattle SuperSonics, December 12, 1995
Games with 10 or more assists, season: 43, 1995–96
Consecutive games with 10 or more assists: 8, April 8, 1996 to April 21, 1996
Steals, overtime: 2, first overtime, vs. Utah Jazz, February 8, 1996
- Tied with four other players
Personal fouls, overtime: 3, first overtime, vs. Vancouver Grizzlies, December 28, 1995
Turnovers, half: 7, second half, vs. Los Angeles Clippers, January 30, 1996
Turnovers, quarter: 6, twice
6, third quarter, at Sacramento Kings, January 23, 1996
6, fourth quarter, vs. Los Angeles Clippers, January 30, 1996
Triple-doubles, career: 19
Triple-doubles, season: 9 (1995–96)
Kidd’s rookie season was 1994–95.
Three-point field goals, game: 8, at Houston Rockets, April 11, 1995 (2 OT)
Three-point field goal attempts, game: 12, at Houston Rockets, April 11, 1995 (2 OT)
Assists, season: 607
Assists, game: 17, at Golden State Warriors, March 13, 1995
Steals, season: 151
Steals, 5-game series: 17, vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 2011 (3.4 spg)
Turnovers, game (regulation): 8, at Denver Nuggets, May 3, 2009
Turnovers, half: 6, second half, at Denver Nuggets, May 3, 2009
Turnovers, quarter: 4, third quarter, at Denver Nuggets, May 3, 2009
- Tied with Sam Perkins
- 1992 Naismith High School Player of the Year
- USA Today and PARADE 1992 National High School Player of the Year
- 1994 Pac-10 Player of the Year
- Named First Team All-American as a sophomore at UC Berkeley.
- Member of the 2000 U.S.A. Dream Team which won gold at the Sydney Olympics.
- Member of the 2003 U.S.A. Basketball Men’s Senior National Team.
- Named to the USA Today All-time All-USA Second Team in 2003.
- Featured on the cover of NBA Live 2003.
- University of California jersey (5) retired in 2004.
- Gold Medal with Team USA, Tournament of Americas Olympic Qualifiers
- Named USA Basketball’s 2007 Male Athlete of the Year.
- Gold Medal with Team USA, 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
- Ranked #28 in SLAM Magazine‘s 2009 revision of the top 50 greatest players of all time (published in the August 2009 issue)
Dallas Mavericks win there first NBA Championship when they close out LeBron James, Miami Heat in Game 6,Dirk Nowitzki was named MVP.
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Who is Mark A. Jackson? The professional basketball knows Mark Jackson a retired American professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from 1987 to 2004. Jackson has also worked as a commentator for ESPN and ABC alongside his former coach Jeff Van Gundy and play-by-play man Mike Breen. He was previously an NBA analyst for The YES Network‘s New Jersey Nets games and a member of the St. John’s University mens basketball team in the 1980′s.
Mark Jackson was born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York to an American father and Dominican mother. Jackson was regarded as one of the nation’s elite point guards while attending Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn under coach Patrick Quigley. Jackson gained a reputation as a streetballer in New York and a college hoops star at St. John’s University. While at St. John’s, he played alongside Chris Mullin for one year. He credits Mullin with teaching him the importance of rigorous practice work in the gym.
Jackson was made the 18th pick of the 1987 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He teamed with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to turn the Knicks into a prime playoff team in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, before the Knicks peaked and became regular playoff contenders, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1992.
Jackson had a steady career with the Knicks, averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 assists per game in his rookie season, earning him the 1988 Rookie of the Year award, the lowest overall draft pick to win the award since Woody Sauldsberry in 1958. He is the only non-lottery pick to have won the award since the introduction of the system in 1985.
After the 1991-92 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, a trade that saw Charles Smith and Doc Rivers go to the Knicks. While with the Clippers, Jackson teamed with Danny Manning, Ron Harper (known informally as “Harp”) and head coach Larry Brown to lead the Clippers to two of their few playoff appearances of the 1990s (a feat that would not be repeated until 1997 and 2006).
Jackson later was traded to the Indiana Pacers for point guard Pooh Richardson, where he teamed with Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Antonio Davis, and Dale Davis for six seasons to make the Indiana Pacers a strong contender. Jackson was traded to the Denver Nuggets before the 1996–97 NBA season started for Jalen Rose. This trade was a disaster for the Pacers, as the Pacers fell in 10th place in the East halfway through the season and out of the playoff race. Feeling the heat, Pacers GM Donnie Walsh re-traded for Jackson at the deadline, giving up Vincent Askew, Eddie Johnson and a couple of 2nd round picks. The return of Jackson sparked the Pacers, but they still missed the playoffs for the only time in the last decade and a half. Jackson would eventually appear in his only NBA Finals as the Pacers’ starting point guard in 2000, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Jackson would leave the Pacers that offseason for the Toronto Raptors, who needed a floor general and had extra money to spend with the departure of Tracy McGrady earlier that offseason. Jackson would only play 54 games for the Raptors before being traded at the deadline back to the Knicks. The return was short lived, as the Knicks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Raptors.
In the offseason, he was involved in a trade back to the Nuggets, where he was immediately waived. Jackson played for the Utah Jazz for the 02-03 season as John Stockton‘s backup. It was this season that Jackson moved into second place on the list of all time assists leaders behind his teammate Stockton. Jackson would play every single game that season without starting one before moving on as a member of the Houston Rockets in 2004. Jackson only played in 42 games as a Rocket and, experiencing a large drop off in skills, finished his career at season’s end.
He is currently ranked 13th on the NBA all-time games list (1,296), 26th on the all-time minutes played list (39,121), 77th on the all-time three-point field goals made list (734), 65th on the all-time 3-point field goal attempts list (2,213), 3rd on the all-time assists list (10,323) and 23rd on the all-time steals list (1,608). Jackson never achieved great individual success; despite winning Rookie of the Year in 1988, he only made one All-Star appearance in his career (1989).
Jackson is also notable for prompting an NBA rule change. In response to Jackson’s penchant for backing down opposing point guards in the post for 15 or more seconds at a time, the league instituted the Five-second rule (basketball), sometimes referred to as the “Mark Jackson Rule,” prohibiting an offensive player from dribbling with his back to the basket for more than 5 consecutive seconds when below the free throw line.
Jackson worked as an analyst for New Jersey Nets on YES Network, mostly with Marv Albert. He has also worked as an analyst for ABC, teaming with Mike Breen and former coach Jeff Van Gundy on these telecasts.
At the end of the 2008 NBA season, Jackson unexpectedly quit his position with the YES Network. This move fueled speculation that Jackson would be replacing Isiah Thomas as coach of the New York Knicks.  However, Jackson claimed that the rumors were untrue and the decision was based on desire to stop commuting from Los Angeles and the fact that he continued to have a contract with ABC. Rumors however, kept swirling around of Jackson returning to NY as coach of the failing New York Knicks. Those rumors, however, were dispelled with the Knicks’ hiring of former Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Mark Jackson was hired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors on June 6, 2011.
Jackson appeared in 1996′s Eddie, playing Darren ‘Preacher’ Taylor.
Jackson married singer/actress Desiree Coleman on July 29, 1990. The couple have 4 children, and currently live in Los Angeles. He was the older brother of And 1 streetballer Troy Jackson, better known as “Escalade”. Troy Jackson died on February 20, 2011 at the age of 35.  Jackson is also a licensed minister.   He and his wife pastor True Love Worship Center International in Van Nuys, California.
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Who is Carson Lee Kressley? The entertainment and fashion world knows Carson Kressley as the fashion expert on the American television program Queer Eye, where he was one of the show’s “Fab Five” members. He is also the motivational host of the TV show How to Look Good Naked.
Kressley was born November 11, 1969 and raised in Claussville, in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. His family raised ponies and he competed in equine events from an early age, and was a member of the U.S. World Cup Saddle Seat equitation team.
Growing up, he attended Northwestern Lehigh High School in the Northwestern Lehigh School District. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in management and fine art in 1991, with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors. While at Gettysburg College, Kressley became a brother of Alpha Phi Omega.
He currently resides in New York City, where he is active in numerous gay-rights, animal and health-related charities. Kressley was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 campaign for President and headlined a number of events in her honor.
He began as an independent stylist, then worked for Ralph Lauren from 1994 until 2002, working in several areas including menswear and corporate advertising. His leap into television took place in 2003 when he gained great exposure as the “fashion savant” on Queer Eye when the show debuted on the Bravo cable television network. He remains active and visible on television as a fashion critic or commentator. Kressley has frequently appeared on The Today Show and for the E! Network, among others, and has critiqued red carpet fashions at high-profile events such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes. In 2005, he acted as a judge for the Miss Universe pageant, which aired live from Bangkok, Thailand. In 2006, he returned to the Miss Universe pageant, but as commentator, and was also commentator for the 2006 Miss USA pageant.
In February 2007, he was announced as the host of new Lifetime makeover show, How to Look Good Naked (a U.S. version of a British series). The show’s premiere episode on January 4, 2008 drew record numbers for Lifetime—1.6 million viewers, which included significant numbers in the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 demographics, as well as the network’s target demo of women 18-34. As of January 2008, the debut episode of How to Look Good Naked is Lifetime’s highest-rated premiere in those three demographics.
In May 2007, he acted as a judge on reality series Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants where mother and daughter teams compete in a beauty pageant. Crowned debuted on The CW on December 12, 2007.
Kressley appeared as the Master of Ceremonies on Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Tour 2008.
In September 2008, Kressley filmed a pilot for his own daytime talk show on Lifetime.
He has also appeared on Big Brother Australia, giving fashion advice to the housemates.
He is a judge on True Beauty, along with Vanessa Minnillo and Beth Stern.
Since the success of Queer Eye he has pursued various acting opportunities. In 2005, Kressley made his film debut in the movie The Perfect Man starring Heather Locklear and Hilary Duff, playing Lance, a bartender. In July 2006, he announced he had started production on his second feature, The Year Without a Santa Claus, playing the elf costumier. This TV movie also stars John Goodman as Santa, and aired December 11, 2006 on NBC. He had a cameo role in his third movie, the independent comedy 16 to Life.
He also has moved into fashion design. In November 2006, Kressley debuted “Perfect“, his own clothing for men and women, on QVC. He cites his experience as a stylist with Ralph Lauren and on Queer Eye as inspiration for the line, and says he “…realized a lot of people are missing great basics in their wardrobe. I consider my Perfect collection for QVC to be ‘basics with a twist.’”
- Author of the 2004 book Off The Cuff: The essential style guide for men and the women who love them (ISBN 0-525-94836-8).
- Author of You’re Different and That’s Super, a 2005 children’s story deriving inspiration from the classic tale “The Ugly Duckling,” featuring a unicorn who grows up among a herd of horses from foalhood to maturity.
- Co-author, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (Clarkson Potter, 2004), with the four other cast members.
In April 2006, Kressley became ordained over the Internet as a minister of the Universal Life Church, in order to be able to perform a wedding ceremony during an episode of Queer Eye. During the episode he mistakenly announced he had been ordained by the “Universal Unitarian Church of Modesto, California,” and the slip aired, much to the amusement of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Modesto, California.
Kressley is also known as an owner of American Saddlebred horses and respected for his success as a horse show exhibitor. His interest in horses combined with his interest in promoting respect for diversity, resulted in his authorship of ‘You’re Different and That’s Super!’, illustrated by cartoonist Jared Lee.
Kressley is an ambassador for the Melbourne Cup, in 2007 playing a part in the ‘Fashion On The Field’.
In November 2006 Kressley competed on a celebrity edition of Jeopardy and placed in second place, losing by one dollar.
- In 2004 Queer Eye won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Reality Program.” It was nominated again for that category in 2005.
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Who is Albert Beckles? The bodybuilding world knows him as Albert Beckles a three-time New York City Night of Champions Bodybuilding Contest Winner.
Beckles was born July 14, 1930 in Barbados but emigrated to London. In the mid 1960s, he won several British regional titles before winning the 1969 and 1970 NABBA Mr. Britain titles. In 1971, Beckles joined the IFBB, earning the overall at the IFBB “Mr. Universe.”
Beckles was one of the most active participants in bodybuilding history, having been in over 100 contests. In 1982 he won the Night of Champions competition in New York.
Beckles’ record-setting 13 forays into the IFBB Mr. Olympia have yielded six placings among the top five, including coming second to Lee Haney in 1985.
In 1991, at the age of 61 years old, he won the Niagara Falls Pro Invitational.
Weight: 218 lb
|1965||Mr. Britain NABBA||5th|
|1967||Mr. Britain NABBA||3rd|
|1968||Mr. Britain NABBA||2nd|
|1969||Mr. Britain NABBA||2nd|
|1969||Mr. World IFBB||Medium||2nd|
|1970||Mr. Britain NABBA||1st|
|1971||Mr. Britain NABBA||1st|
|1971||Mr. World AAU||1st|
|1971||Mr. World AAU||Medium||1st|
|1971||Mr. World AAU Most Muscular||1st|
|1971||Universe IFBB||Medium||1st & Overall|
|1971||Universe NABBA||Medium||1st & Overall|
|1973||Mr. Europe IFBB||Medium||1st & Overall|
|1977||Olympia IFBB||Short||4th & 7th Overall|
|1979||Best in the World IFBB, Professional||3rd|
|1979||Grand Prix Pennsylvania IFBB||3rd|
|1979||World Pro Championships IFBB||2nd|
|1980||Universe Pro IFBB||4th|
|1980||World Pro Championships IFBB||4th|
|1981||Canada Pro Cup IFBB||2nd|
|1981||Grand Prix Belgium IFBB||2nd|
|1981||Grand Prix California IFBB||4th|
|1981||Grand Prix Louisiana IFBB||2nd|
|1981||Grand Prix Massachusetts IFBB||2nd|
|1981||Grand Prix New England IFBB||1st|
|1981||Grand Prix New York IFBB||2nd|
|1981||Grand Prix Wales IFBB||3rd|
|1981||Grand Prix World Cup IFBB||6th|
|1981||Professional World Cup IFBB||6th|
|1981||World Grand Prix IFBB||2nd|
|1982||Grand Prix Belgium IFBB||2nd|
|1982||Grand Prix Sweden IFBB||4th|
|1982||Night Of Champions IFBB||1st|
|1982||World Pro Championships IFBB||1st|
|1983||Grand Prix England IFBB||5th|
|1983||Grand Prix Las Vegas IFBB||3rd|
|1983||Grand Prix Portland IFBB||4th|
|1983||Grand Prix Sweden IFBB||5th|
|1983||Grand Prix Switzerland IFBB||5th|
|1983||Night Of Champions IFBB||3rd|
|1984||Canada Pro Cup IFBB||1st|
|1984||World Grand Prix IFBB||1st|
|1984||World Pro Championships IFBB||1st|
|1985||Night Of Champions IFBB||1st|
|1987||Grand Prix France IFBB||4th|
|1987||Grand Prix Germany (2) IFBB||6th|
|1987||Grand Prix Germany IFBB||4th|
|1987||World Pro Championships IFBB||3rd|
|1988||Chicago Pro Invitational IFBB||4th|
|1988||Grand Prix England IFBB||7th|
|1988||Grand Prix France IFBB||11th|
|1988||Grand Prix Germany IFBB||8th|
|1988||Grand Prix Italy IFBB||8th|
|1988||Grand Prix Spain (2) IFBB||8th|
|1988||Grand Prix Spain IFBB||7th|
|1988||Night Of Champions IFBB||5th|
|1988||World Pro Championships IFBB||10th|
|1989||Arnold Classic IFBB||7th|
|1989||Grand Prix England IFBB||9th|
|1989||Grand Prix Finland IFBB||9th|
|1989||Grand Prix France IFBB||9th|
|1989||Grand Prix Holland IFBB||11th|
|1989||Grand Prix Melbourne IFBB||4th|
|1989||Grand Prix Spain (2) IFBB||10th|
|1989||Grand Prix Spain IFBB||10th|
|1989||Grand Prix Sweden IFBB||9th|
|1989||Grand Prix US Pro IFBB||4th|
|1989||Night of Champions IFBB||8th|
|1989||World Pro Championships IFBB||4th|
|1990||Arnold Classic IFBB||9th|
|1990||Houston Pro Invitatinal IFBB||11th|
|1990||Niagara Falls Pro Invitatinal IFBB||12th|
|1990||Night of Champions IFBB||DID NOT PLACE|
|1991||Grand Prix Denmark IFBB||7th|
|1991||Grand Prix England IFBB||7th|
|1991||Grand Prix Finland IFBB||9th|
|1991||Grand Prix Italy IFBB||8th|
|1991||Grand Prix Spain IFBB||9th|
|1991||Grand Prix Switzerland IFBB||8th|
|1991||Niagara Falls Pro Invitational IFBB||1st|
|1991||Night of Champions IFBB||7th|
|1991||Olympia IFBB||DID NOT PLACE|
|1991||Pittsburg Pro Invitational IFBB||12th|
|1991||San Jose Pro Invitational IFBB||5th|
|1992||Chicago Pro Invitational IFBB||16th|
|1992||Niagara Falls Pro Invitational IFBB||8th|
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Who is Erik Weihenmayer? The handicap world knows Erik Weihenmayer as the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. His story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure. He is the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye can See, his autobiography.
Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. He is a friend of Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg, the co-founders of Braille Without Borders, whom he visited in Tibet to climb with them and teenagers from the school for the blind. A documentary film based on the project, Blindsight, was released in 2006. Another documentary, Fellowship of the Andes, was produced by Dutch filmmaker Bernd Out. The film shows how Erik inspires a team of blind and visually-impaired students on their mountain trek across the Andes in June 2006. In addition, Erik is an active speaker on the lecture circuit. He is represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.
Besides his admirable achievements Weihenmayer gained worldwide notoriety due to a slip-up by Cynthia Izaguirre (then a news anchor at KOAT-TV), who introduced him after climbing Mount Everest as “Erik Weihenmayer, who has climbed the highest mountain in the world – Mt Everest. But” (she paused dramatically) “. . . he’s gay! I mean he’s gay, excuse me, he’s blind.”. The clip has become a well known viral video on the Internet, and Weihenmayer has even linked to what he now refers to as “my gay clip” from his own website.
Biography and list of achievements
Erik was born on September 23, 1968, with a disease called retinoschisis and became totally blind by the age of 13.
In 1987, he graduated from Weston High School in Connecticut. As the school’s wrestling captain, he represented the state in National Freestyle Wrestling Championships.
In 1991, he graduated from Boston College. In the same year, he trekked in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan.
In 1993, he received a master’s degree in Middle School Education from Lesley College. In the same year, he crossed the Batura Glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of Northern Pakistan. The same year he joined the staff at Phoenix Country Day School as an instructor.
In 1995, Erik reached the 20,320’ summit of Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak, sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. His triumph was featured on Today with Katie Couric and the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
In 1996, he carried the Olympic Torch through Phoenix and was selected for the first annual Distinguished Arizonan Award by the Governors Council. He was also inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and received its first Medal of Courage.
In 1997, he climbed his second continental summit, Kilimanjaro. He married at the height of 13,000’. Erik and his wife Ellen live outside of Denver, Colorado, United States.
In 1998, he rode a tandem bike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City with his father, a Vietnam veteran.
In 1999, he attempted Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua. Poor weather conditions forced his team to turn around just short of the summit. A subsequent attempt on a separate trip was successful.
In 2001, he climbed Mt. Everest.
In 2004, he led an expedition in Tibet called Climbing Blind project, including blind teens from the Braille Without Borders school for blind at Lhasa, Tibet.
In 2006, helped to lead Global Explorers sponsored expedition, Leading the Way, to Peru. The expedition film, Fellowship of the Andes, premiered in New York City 28th Oct 2006.
In 2007, was the speaker at Lehigh University‘s spring commencement ceremony on May 21.
In 2009, he was a speaker at the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference on January 19.
In 2009, he was a speaker at the Babson College spring commencement ceremony on May 16 where he was also awarded a PhD in Humane Letters.
- Weihenmayer, Erik, Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye can See, Plume, 2002, ISBN 0-452-28294-2, ISBN 978-0452282940
- Weihenmayer, Erik & Stoltz, Paul, The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness, Fireside, 2007, ISBN 0-743-29022-4, ISBN 978-0743290227
- Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree on 16 May 2009 from the FW Olin School of Business at the Babson College MA
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Who is Erin Isabelle Burnett? is an American business news anchor, reporter and interviewer. Beginning in June of 2011 she will be working for CNN television.  She was the co-anchor of CNBC‘s Squawk on the Street program and the host of CNBC‘s Street Signs program. She also appeared on NBC‘s Meet the Press, Today, MSNBC‘s Morning Joe, and NBC Nightly News, as well as occasional appearances on The Apprentice as an advisor to Donald Trump. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Burnett has hosted a number of documentaries filmed outside of the United States: “India Rising: The New Empire”, “The Russian Gamble”, and “Dollars & Danger: Africa, The Final Investment Frontier. She has focused extensively on the Middle East as well, reporting live from across the region and hosting documentaries including: “On Assignment: Iraq”, “Big Money & the Middle East”, “City of Money and Mystery” and “The Forbidden Zone”.
Burnett was born 1976 and raised in Mardela Springs, Maryland. She attended St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware, graduating in 1994. Burnett later attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
At Williams College she studied political science and economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political economy. As an undergraduate, she played lacrosse and field hockey for the Ephs.
Burnett began her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs in their investment banking division, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.
While working as an investment-banking analyst, Burnett was offered a position at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s Moneyline with Stuart Varney, Willow Bay, and Lou Dobbs.
From CNN, she moved to Citigroup, where she served as vice president for Citigroup/CitiMedia, and was responsible for all anchoring of the Citigroup online financial news network.
Burnett accepted a position in 2003 with Bloomberg Television, where she was the anchor of Bloomberg on the Markets, covering the stock market open and newsmaker interviews, and In Focus, where she broke down the day’s top business story.
Burnett was the host of CNBC’s Street Signs and co-anchor of Squawk on the Street from 2005 to 2011. Since making her debut on Squawk in December 2005, the program’s ratings are up 142% over first quarter 2006 in adults 25–54; while Street Signs is up 57% in the adults 25–54 demographic. On May 6, 2011 she left CNBC after 5 1/2 years. She was hired by CNN as an anchor of a weekday general news program, yet to be announced, working out of the cable network’s New York headquarters. Burnett will start in June 2011 as a contributor to CNN’s coverage of national and international breaking news with her new show launching in the summer of 2011. 
On May 24, 2009, Burnett gave the commencement speech at her alma mater, St. Andrew’s School.
On December 7, 2010, Burnett did an investigative report on chemical giant Transammonia doing business in Iran. In the report, Erin Burnett reported that a Transammonia subsidiary—100% owned by Transammonia in the United States—purchases ammonia from Iran. In the same report, Burnett said according to an economic plan released by the Iranian government, Iran is trying to increase ammonia production by 60 percent in the next five years. She also mentioned that ammonia is used for explosives, including roadside bombs in Afghanistan. On Dec. 13, 2010, as a result of the CNBC report, Transammonia sent a press release to Congressional leaders that Transammonia’s Swiss subsidiary will not enter into new contracts with Iranian companies and wind down its business with Iran “as soon as possible.”
During an August 10, 2007 appearance on the MSNBC program Hardball with Chris Matthews, Burnett commented on recalls of Chinese-made goods, stating that “people should be careful what they wish for on China” and that the production of “toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous” would lead to higher prices in the United States. Burnett’s commentary was criticized by satirist Jon Stewart on the August 16 edition of The Daily Show. Burnett addressed the controversy during an August 17 Hardball appearance, stressing that she did not “[want] children to play with toys that are not safe”.
On August 5, 2009, Burnett reported on the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd‘s plans to spend millions of dollars on aerial shooting to cull Australian feral camels in the outback. Her comments, which included a reference to Rudd as a “serial killer”, were reported by the Australian media and other international news services. Burnett stated on an August 6 show that she was making a joke.[2
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Who is Jose Alejandro Gomez Monteverde? The entertainment and directing world knows him as Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. Monteverde is a Mexican film director. His first film, Bella took top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival by winning the “People’s Choice Award”.
Monteverde met his wife, American actress Ali Landry, at a church Bible study. They got married on April 8, 2006 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. They have one daughter, Estela, born on July 11, 2007.
Monteverde wrote and directed Bella, a film that took top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival by winning the “People’s Choice Award. The director of the Department of Citizenship gave Monteverde the “American by Choice” award for Bella’s positive contribution to Latino art and culture in the U.S.
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Who is Thomas Francis Wilson? The entertainment and acting world knows him as Thomas Wilson. Wilson is an American actor, writer, musician, painter, voice-over artist and stand-up comedian. He is best known for playing Biff Tannen (and his grandson Griff Tannen and great-grandfather Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen) in the Back to the Future trilogy and Coach Ben Fredricks on NBC‘s Freaks and Geeks.
Wilson was born April 15, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Wayne, Pennsylvania. While attending Radnor High School, he was involved in dramatic arts, was president of the debate team where his partner was NY Times columnist David Brooks, and played tuba in the high school band. He studied international politics at Arizona State University. Wilson’s first ‘real’ stage experience was as a stand-up comedian while studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a contributor to The Bob & Tom Show and is part of their comedy tour.
Wilson had a small role in an episode of NBC‘s Knight Rider in 1984. His breakthrough role was as a bully named Biff Tannen in the movie Back to the Future. Wilson’s talents as a comedian and an actor combined to make Biff a character people loved to hate. When Back to the Future became a trilogy, he was asked to perform in these sequels again as Biff’s grandson Griff and Biff’s great-grandfather Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen. His famous catch phrases are “What are you looking at, Butthead?”, “Say hi to your mom for me”, “Why don’t you make like a tree and get out of here”, “Hello! Hello, is anybody home?!”, and the classics “Hey McFly!”, and “Think McFly! Think!” In every Back to the Future film, he always ended up in a pile of manure—in each instance, Wilson’s Tannen characters were always trying to kill or hurt Michael J. Fox‘s character Marty McFly. He reprised his role as Biff and voiced various Tannen relatives in the franchise’s animated series. Wilson also played the role of a Detroit police officer in Action Jackson.
In 1992, he voiced gangster Tony Zucco in Batman: The Animated Series and police detective Matt Bluestone in the animated series Gargoyles. He later went to co-star in Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, a computer game with Mark Hamill. It was the third chapter in the Wing Commander series, but the first to feature live action and was extremely popular at the time. The character played by Wilson was Major Todd “Maniac” Marshall, a fellow starfighter pilot of Hamill’s character. Wilson also starred in the sequels Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1995) and Wing Commander: Prophecy (1997) and contributed his voice to the animated series Wing Commander Academy (1996) in the same role. He also guest starred in an episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1997.
Wilson played McKinley High School’s Coach Ben Fredricks in the 1999-2000 NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks. Coach Fredricks dated Bill Haverchuck’s mother. Wilson was briefly reunited with his Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd in the 1994 film Camp Nowhere.
Wilson also played as Simon, Hilda’s dream date made out of dough in Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 1996.
In 2003, Wilson appeared on the screen in a mockumentary movie called Trial and Error: The Making of Sequestered. Wilson has often lent his voice to animated productions such as Batman: The Animated Series (1993), The New Batman Adventures (1998), Disney‘s Atlantis: Milo’s Return (2003), and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). As well as the animated roles, he has continued to voice characters in computer and video games. His latest roles are supporting characters in the film Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and on the TV drama Ghost Whisperer.
In 2004, Wilson played the role of Noah Curry in the Pasadena Playhouse production of the musical 110 in the Shade, also starring Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. In 2005, Wilson released his comedy album, Tom Wilson Is Funny!.
In 2007, Wilson appeared in the episode “Whatever It Takes” of the Fox drama, House M.D., as “Lou”, the father of Dr. House’s patient.
In 2008, Wilson appeared in the episode “The Baby in the Bough” of another Fox drama, Bones. He played Chip Barnett, owner of a tire recycling plant.
Wilson appeared in an episode of the ABC drama Boston Legal (Season 4, Episode 7), “Attack of the Xenophobes”, as a former police officer who is charged with murder.
Wilson performed “Sleigh Ride” with Relient K on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, playing acoustic guitar. The members of Relient K are big fans of Wilson and invited him to perform on the show with them.
In March 2009, he appeared as himself, busking, in Vidiotic, a comedy pilot on the British channel BBC Three.
Wilson voiced Ultimate Electro in the video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
Wilson is an accomplished painter. Many of his paintings focus on old-time children’s toys. In 2006, he was selected to join the California Featured Artist Series at Disneyland.
Wilson is a Christian, and released a Contemporary Christian album in 2000 called In the Name of the Father. 
- Knight Rider (1983) – Chip
- Back to the Future (1985) – Biff Tannen
- Let’s Get Harry (1986) – Bob Pachowski
- April Fool’s Day (1986) – Arch Cummings
- Action Jackson (1988) – Officer Kornblau
- Back to the Future Part II (1989) – Biff Tannen/Griff Tannen
- Back to the Future Part III (1990) – Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen/Biff Tannen
- Back to the Future: The Animated Series – Biff Tannen (voice)
- High Strung (1991) – Al Dalby
- Blood In Blood Out (1992) – Det. Rollie
- Batman: The Animated Series (1993) – Tony Zucco
- Camp Nowhere (1994) – Lt. Eliot Hendricks
- Caroline at Midnight (1994) – Officer Keaton
- Born to Be Wild (1995) – Det. Lou Greenburg
- Andersonville (1996) – Thomas Sweet
- That Darn Cat (1997) – Officer Melvin
- Men in White (1998) – Ed Klingbottom
- SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) (voice) – Flats the Flounder, Reg, Tattletale Strangler
- Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000) – Coach Ben Fredricks
- Two And A Half Men (2003) – Poker Guy
- Atlantis: Milo’s Return (2003) (voice) – Carnaby
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) (voice) – Fish #3/Tough Fish #1, Victor
- George Lopez (TV series) (2005) – Sonny
- Zoom (2006) as Dylan’s Teacher
- Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) – Bart Tatlock
- Still Standing (2006) – Coach
- Back at the Barnyard (2007) as Krowser Krebs (voice)
- The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008) (voice) – Stan Carter
- House Broken (2009) – Fire Chief Henry Decker
- Psych (2009) – Butch
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2009) – Sportsmaster, Catman
- The Informant! (2009) – Mark Cheviron
- Marmaduke (2010) (Voice)
- Rio (2011) (Voice) – Trapped Bird, Screaming Hang Glider
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Who is Stephanie M. Seymour? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Stephanie Seymour. Seymour is an American model and actress. Seymour has modeled for many notable fashion magazines and designers, and has been photographed by several well-known photographers including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon, and Mario Testino.
Seymour was born July 23, 1968 in San Diego, California, the middle child of a California real estate-developer father and hairstylist mother, Seymour started her modeling career working for local newspapers and department stores in her hometown at the age of 14. In 1983, she entered the Elite Model Management Look of the Year modeling contest (now called Elite Model Look), but lost.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Seymour appeared in numerous issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and appeared on the cover of Vogue. During the same period, Seymour was a primary lingerie and hosiery model for the relatively new Victoria’s Secret company in its mail-order catalogs and retail stores. In March 1991, and again in February 1993, Seymour posed for Playboy.
In 1998, she wrote Stephanie Seymour’s Beauty Secrets for Dummies. In 2000, Seymour was ranked #91 on the North American FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000 list. In 2006, she appeared in a campaign for Gap with her children.
Salvatore Ferragamo‘s creative campaign for his fall/winter 2007/2008 collection featured Seymour and Claudia Schiffer, shot on location in Italy with Mario Testino. In the promotional photos, the supermodels play film stars protected by bodyguards and pursued by the paparazzi.
At the age of 16, she began dating John Casablancas, the head of Elite Model Management, who was, at the time, married to model Jeanette Christjansen. The couple lived together before Seymour broke off the relationship.
From 1989 to 1990, she was married to guitarist Tommy Andrews. The marriage failed, but resulted in the birth of her first son, Dylan Thomas Andrews, in 1991. Following her divorce, Seymour dated actor Warren Beatty.
By mid 1991, she became involved with Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses. She appeared in two music videos by Guns N’ Roses: “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain“. The couple broke up in February 1993 after Rose accused Seymour of being unfaithful. The spokesman of actor Charlie Sheen confirmed rumors of a romance between Seymour and his client. In August 1993, Rose sued Seymour for assaulting him during a 1992 Christmas party, mental and emotional abuse, and for withholding $100,000 worth of jewelry. Rose claimed he and Seymour were engaged. In turn, Seymour countersued Rose for assaulting her and denied they were ever engaged.
Shortly after her break up with Rose, Seymour began dating billionaire Peter Brant, who was married and the father of five children. Brant is a publisher, real estate developer and art collector. She gave birth to the couple’s first son (her second), Peter Jr., in December 1993. Seymour and Brant married in July 1995 in Paris, France. Seymour gave birth to their second son, Harry, in 1997 and to their third child, daughter Lily Margaret, in 2004. In March 2009, Seymour filed for divorce from Brant after almost 14 years of marriage. On September 20, 2010, Brant and Seymour announced they were dropping divorce proceedings and reconciling.
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sara Lindstrom||Episode: “Crazy“|
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Who is Jennifer Nettles? The entertainment and music world knows her as Jennifer Nettles. Nettles is an American country music artist. She is known primarily for her role as lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland alongside Kristian Bush. Before Sugarland’s inception, she also fronted Atlanta, Georgia-based bands called Soul Miner’s Daughter and Jennifer Nettles Band. She also charted as a duet partner on the country version of rock band Bon Jovi‘s 2006 single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home“, a Number One hit on the Billboard charts.
Nettles began performing at school assemblies, her Southern Baptist church, and in community theater. She was also a member of Georgia 4-H‘s Clovers & Company performing arts group from 1986 to 1993.
Nettles attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia where she studied Sociology and Anthropology. While a student there, Nettles and Cory Jones (who at the time was studying classical guitar at the University of Georgia) formed the group Soul Miner’s Daughter. Performing as both an acoustic duo and with a band, they released two albums: The Sacred and Profane in 1996 and Hallelujah in 1998, both of which were composed of songs written collaboratively by Jones and Nettles.
In 1999, she formed the Jennifer Nettles Band, with whom she released three studio albums and two live albums. The band, who in addition to Nettles included Brad Sikes (drums), Scott Nicholson (piano), Wesley Lupold (bass), and Mike Cebulski (percussion), was selected the grand prize winner from more than 2000 bands in “The Big Deal $100,000 Music Search” presented by Mars Music and was invited to perform at Lilith Fair in 1999.
Friends Jay Memory and Bubba Dean, who perform as Memory Dean, invited Nettles to sing on their 1999 release Still Hungry Souls. According to Alan Back, writing for The Technique, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s student newspaper, Nettles’ vocals “lend a powerful gospel tone to “Fix My Heart,” a standout cut on the album.”
Sugarland was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best New Artist category in 2006. Although they did not win the award, Nettles and Bush performed for the awards show and Nettles presented both a Lifetime Achievement Award to Merle Haggard and the award for Best Country Group.
A duet performance with rock band Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home“, reached No. 7 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The video for the song won a CMT Music Award in 2006 for Collaborative Video Of The Year. In February 2007, Nettles and Bon Jovi won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. In 2006, Kristen Hall left the group and Nettles and Bush continued on as a duo releasing Enjoy the Ride in November 2006. Their third album, titled Love on the Inside, was released on July 22, 2008.
In an interview on Fox News with Martha MacCullum, Nettles expressed interest in appearing in a Broadway play, stating in particular that she would like to play the role of Elphaba in Wicked.
In early December 2008, Sugarland received three Grammy Award nominations and performed on the 51st Annual Grammy Awards show on February 8, 2009. They won awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
On Sunday, January 18, 2009, Nettles performed at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing James Taylor‘s “Shower the People” with James Taylor and John Legend.
On February 11, 2009, Sugarland received two nominations from the Academy of Country Music for Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year for “Life in a Northern Town”. During the broadcast of the April 5, 2009 awards show, Sugarland was presented with the Vocal Duo of the Year award, ending Brooks & Dunn’s nine-year run. Nettles also received a Milestone award, presented to her by Reba McEntire.
ABC-TV broadcast the first CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Nettles, on November 29, 2010. Nettles and Sugarland partner Kristian Bush kicked off the evening with their rendition of “Winter Wonderland,” backed by the Southern harmonies of Little Big Town. The pair returned to the stage later in the program to perform the hymn “Come, O Come Emmanuel,” just before the “Jingle Bell Rock” group grande finale of the 90-minute special.
Nettles has lent her time and talent to support various non-profit organizations. In 2007, one dollar from every ticket sold during Sugarland’s CMT Change For Change tour was donated to the Shalom Foundation. More than $120,000 was raised in 2007.
In 2008 she launched Common Thread, a series of musical events enabling artists to come together to share music and raise money for their favorite charities. The first three Common Thread concerts included performances by Nettles, Sugarland partner Kristian Bush, Emily Saliers, and Amos Lee and raised funds for the American Cancer Society, American Liver Foundation, Honor the Earth, and Intercultural Family Services.
Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nettles and Sugarland partner Bush sang on the remake of We Are the World as part of Artists for Haiti.
|Todd Van Sickle|
- As Jennifer Nettles
|1991||For Your Love / You’re The One
- As Soul Miner’s Daughter
|1996||The Sacred And Profane|
- As Jennifer Nettles Band
|2000||Story Of Your Bones|
|2002||Gravity: Drag Me Down|
- As Jennifer Nettles
|2003||An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles
|2004||An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles II
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|2006||“Who Says You Can’t Go Home“||Bon Jovi||1||107||—||—||—||—||—||—||Have a Nice Day|
|2010||“We Are the World 25 for Haiti“||Artists for Haiti||—||2||7||1||9||8||5||15||Non-album song|
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart|
|2006||“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (with Bon Jovi)||Anthony M. Bongiovi|
|2010||“We Are the World 25 for Haiti” (with Artists for Haiti)||Paul Haggis|
- 1999 Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search winner, Soul Miner’s Daughter
- 2001 Independent Music Awards Regional Poll in Atlanta for “Bad Girl’s Lament” 
- 2005 American Music Awards, Sugarland wins Favorite Breakthrough Artist
- 2006 CMT Collaborative Video of the Year, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
- 2007 Grammy Award Best Collaboration, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
- 2007 Country Music Association Awards, Sugarland wins Vocal Duo Of the Year
- 2008 Country Music Association Awards, Sugarland wins Vocal Duo Of the Year
- 2008 Academy of Country Music, Song of the Year, “Stay” (songwriter)
- 2008 Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year, “Stay” (songwriter)
- 2009 Grammy Award Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Stay” 
- 2009 Grammy Award Best Country Song for “Stay” (songwriter)
- 2009 Academy of Country Music, Milestone award; Sugarland wins Vocal Duo of the Year
- 2009 Country Music Association Awards, Sugarland wins Vocal Duo Of the Year
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Who is La Toya Yvonne Jackson? The entertainment and acting world knows her as LaToya Jackson. Jackson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, activist and former model . She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. She had a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs “Just Wanna Dance” and “Free the World“. A
forthcoming album, Startin’ Over, has yet to be released.
Biography and career
La Toya was born May 29, 1956 on her sister Rebbie‘s 6th birthday on May 29, 1956, in Gary, Indiana, La Toya Jackson is the fifth of ten children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson and the middle female child between Rebbie and Janet. Growing up, La Toya was a shy homebody. After her mother became a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1965, La Toya, along with the rest of her siblings followed. She would spend some of her time (alongside her mother) preaching door-to-door. “Every morning, Michael and I witnessed, knocking on doors around Los Angeles, spreading the word of Jehovah.” By 1972, at sixteen, La Toya joined her brothers in the spotlight with a tap dancing routine when her father arranged for them to perform shows in Las Vegas, among other cities. Jackson aspired to be an attorney specializing in business law. She attended college for a short time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in show business like the rest of the family.
1970s: The Jacksons
In 1976 and 1977, La Toya and her sisters Rebbie and Janet appeared in all twelve episodes of “The Jacksons”, with their brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy a variety program on CBS. Along with their brothers (minus Jermaine), La Toya and her sisters sang, danced and performed skits. In 1978 during the filming of The Wiz La Toya traveled with her brother to New York. Sharing an apartment, it was the first time either of them had lived elsewhere as adults. Close siblings Michael and La Toya would not move out of the family’s Encino home until they were 30 and 31 respectively.
Gentleman callers during this period included Diana Ross‘ brother Chico, Prince, and a young David Gest. Jackson also dated Bobby DeBarge, and was the inspiration for Switch‘s 1979 hit “I Call Your Name” and 1980′s “You and I”.
Under Joe Jackson’s tutelage Rebbie, La Toya and Janet formed a short-lived musical group. However, they never performed live and soon separated because of creative differences about the act’s future direction. As a consequence no related material was ever released by the trio. The next year she began work on her first solo album.
1980-83: Solo career
In 1980, Jackson released her self-titled debut. In order to distinguish herself from her famous brothers, The Jacksons, La Toya only wanted her first name on the album. “I begged just to have it ‘La Toya’. But my father said, ‘It’s your last name. You got to use it.’ But I wanted to see what I could do as an individual.” The first single “If You Feel the Funk“, became a modest hit, climbing into the Top 40 of the US R&B chart. Her second single, “Night Time Lover“, was produced by younger brother Michael who provided backing vocals. In turn, she provided the opening scream on her brothers’, The Jacksons, 1980 hit, “This Place Hotel” as well as backing vocals on brother Michael’s 1984 solo hit “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)“.
The La Toya Jackson album peaked at #116 on the US Billboard 200, #26 on the Billboard R&B album chart, and #178 on the UK Top 200, making it her highest placing album.
In 1982, Jackson released a follow-up album, My Special Love which generated two singles, “Stay the Night” and “I Don’t Want You to Go“.
1984-87: Heart Don’t Lie and international success
1984 saw the release of Jackson’s critically acclaimed album Heart Don’t Lie. Jackson scored her biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit with the titular track “Heart Don’t Lie“, which peaked at number 56. Other singles from this album were “Bet’cha Gonna Need My Lovin’“, “Hot Potato“, and a cover of Prince’s “Private Joy.” Jackson and Amir Bayyan co-wrote “Reggae Nights” for Heart Don’t Lie but the track did not make the cut. Jimmy Cliff‘s recording of the song was a hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Cliff commissioned Jackson to write two more songs: “Brown Eyes” and “American Sweet.”
In 1984 Jackson capitalized on her rising popularity by licensing her name to a fashion line; “David Laurenz for La Toya.”  According to her three year contract with the suede and leather-maker Jackson agreed to only wear David Laurenz items during her public appearances. Apparel in the collection included Jackson’s signature leather headbands. Jackson starred in adverts for Nikon cameras and the following year she become the spokesmodel for cosmetics firm Mahogany Image and launched her own eponymous fragrance, La Toya.
In 1985 Jackson participated on the single “We Are the World“, an appeal for famine relief in Ethiopia. That same year Jackson featured in anti-drug music video “Stop the Madness“.
Her 1985 single “Baby Sister“ was a notable success, as it received one of three Outstanding Song Awards at the sixteenth annual World Popular Song Festival in Japan. “Baby Sister” was included on the 1986 album Imagination, released just before Jackson’s record label, Private-I, went bankrupt resulting in poor promotion. Jackson went on to record two duets; “Oops, Oh No!” with Cerrone, and “Yes, I’m Ready” with artist Jed. In 1987 Jackson was featured as a special guest at Minako Honda‘s DISPA (Disco Party) concert, joining in for the song, “Funkytown“.
1988-89: Departure from the family home and Playboy
In 1987, Jack Gordon was hired to co-manage La Toya by her father, Joseph. He later took over her management completely.
Under Gordon’s management, Jackson’s public image became increasingly sexier. Katherine Jackson recalled her shock seeing La Toya dance in a suggestive manner in 1988 for the first time in her autobiography My Family, The Jacksons, “she’d been so conservative that she’d once dropped a friend who had begun wearing low-cut tops and skirts with slits in them.” Katherine believed that Gordon was distancing La Toya from her family so he could “become the dominating influence in her life.” Around this time Jackson was disfellowshipped by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Defying her father, Jackson made a stormy exit from the family’s Encino compound to take up residence in New York City.
In late 1988, Jackson released the album La Toya, which featured the singles, “You’re Gonna Get Rocked!” and “(Ain’t Nobody Loves You) Like I Do“. The album also included a track titled “Just Say No”, which was written for the Reagan administration‘s anti-drug campaign. The album included four tracks produced by Full Force, and three by Stock Aitken Waterman. The album is notable for being the first one Jackson released after changing her management.
In March 1989, Jackson posed topless for Playboy magazine. Jackson saw the pictorial as a declaration of independence from her conservative upbringing and “to show my parents they couldn’t dictate to me any more–that I control my life.”  The cover and layout was one of the most successful issues in Playboy’s history, turning Jackson into an overnight sex symbol. At its time of release, it sold over 8 million copies, going on to become the best selling issue of the magazine ever. She posed again in Playboy in November 1991 to promote her autobiography and subsequently acted in a 1994 video for the magazine, becoming one of the first celebrities to have a Playboy video released. She later said that she initially refused to pose for the second spread and for the video, however, Gordon beat her into submission.
In 1989, Jackson began recording her sixth album Bad Girl. That year Jackson staged a live pay-per-view concert, A Sizzling Spectacular!, from Bally’s theatre in Reno. Jackson’s set list included songs from La Toya and Bad Girl. The show featured special guest star Edgar Winter.
On September 5, 1989, after her Sizzling Spectacular concert in Nevada, Gordon forcibly married Jackson, claiming it was for her own protection against kidnapping by her family. La Toya Jackson states that this was both unplanned and against her wishes. According to Jackson; “I told him, ‘No way, Jack! I can’t marry you. You know what marriage means to me. I’ve never been in love; I don’t even date…. It’s not right. I don’t love you. I don’t have feelings for you.’” Jackson tried to run out of the chapel three times but bodyguard Antonio Rossi grabbed her saying, “There’s some things you have to do. Even if you don’t want to.” Jackson told Ebony magazine the marriage was “strictly in name only. It has never been consummated.” Six months into the marriage, Jackson asked Gordon for an annulment when in Rome, Italy. In response, Gordon repeatedly bashed her head against the corner of the hotel room table saying that he would never let her go. Paparazzi subsequently photographed Jackson with black eyes, which Gordon claimed was caused by an intruder.
1989-96: Public notoriety, abuse, and exile from the Jackson family
From this point forward, Jackson lost all contact with her family and wrote an autobiography, La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family, which accused her father of physical abuse.
For roughly the next decade Gordon controlled Jackson with threats, lies, and routine violence. According to Jackson, “When he hit me, the first time I was in shock, I just recalled my ear ringing, just ringing so hard.” Gordon confiscated Jackson’s passport, transferred her bank accounts into his name, hired bodyguards to watch La Toya constantly and banned her from speaking to or seeing her family, monitoring her every phone call. La Toya’s father Joseph stated in his book The Jacksons that he believed Gordon brainwashed La Toya and made her fearful of her own family. Katherine also believed that La Toya had been brainwashed while Gordon claimed that Katherine had tried to kill her daughter. Sister Janet concurred with her parents saying at the time, “I think this guy who is with her has brainwashed her and made her like this… He keeps her away from the family, and now he’s brainwashed her so much she keeps herself away from us.”
In 1990 Jackson participated in the Sanremo Music Festival, entering “You and Me” an English-language version of “Verso l’ignoto” by siblings Marcella and Gianni Bella. While “You and Me” did not win Best Song, it entered Italy‘s hit parade, peaking at number twenty-eight. That year Jackson signed on with German-based BCM Records and released the single “Why Don’t You Want My Love?” Jackson recorded other material with BCM, but the label went bankrupt and album plans were scrapped. Jackson signed with Dino Records quickly thereafter. 1991 saw the release of No Relations, an album with strong house and funk influences. This album featured Jackson’s top twenty-five Netherlands hit “Sexbox“.
In 1992 Jackson signed a contract with the Moulin Rouge in Paris to star in her own revue, Formidable. Jackson was to perform two shows a night, six nights a week. Jackson was highest paid performer in the cabaret’s history earning a reported $5 million. Though Formidable was successful, selling out on most nights, Jackson departed half-way into her year-long contract owing the nightclub $550,000 in damages.
In October 1992 while taping an Exotic Club Tour in Minneapolis Jackson approached sister Janet Jackson, also in town recording her fifth studio album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, to ask for help in escaping Gordon. Janet struck La Toya, accusing her elder sister of recording their conversation.
In 1993, in their New York home, Gordon beat Jackson repeatedly with a heavy brass dining room chair, leaving Jackson with black eyes, swollen lip and chin “the size of a clenched fist,” cuts requiring 12 mouth stitches and contusions on her face, arms, legs and back. Jackson lost consciousness during the beating, leading Gordon to believe she was dead. She recalled, “He called his friends and said, ‘She’s dead. I killed her,’ because I was lying in a puddle of blood and I was out.” Gordon was arrested but then released, claiming he beat Jackson in self defense.
In December 1993 Gordon hastily arranged a press conference in Tel Aviv, where he had Jackson read a statement claiming to believe the sensational sex abuse allegation against her younger brother Michael might be true. This was an abrupt reversal of her previous defense of Michael against the charges. Gordon claimed La Toya had proof which she was prepared to disclose for a fee of $500,000. A bidding war between US and UK tabloids began, but fell through when they realized that her revelations were not what she had claimed them to be. According to La Toya, Gordon threatened to have siblings Michael and Janet killed if she didn’t follow his orders.
Under Gordon’s management, Jackson’s career declined with his booking of disreputable jobs such as spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network. Because of Gordon’s steady stream of publicity stunts and her media portrayal as the Jackson family “black sheep” La Toya had become a hate figure of sorts. By the mid-1990s Jackson’s finances were in disarray and she was forced to file for bankruptcy in order to stave off claims of $650,000 in damages to the Moulin Rouge for ending her contract early.
In 1993 Jackson held a concert at Poland‘s Sopot International Song Festival and released a step aerobics exercise video, Step-Up Workout. In 1994, Jackson again worked for Playboy Entertainment, becoming one the very first celebrities to have a Celebrity Centerfold video. Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: La Toya Jackson was released in the first quarter of 1994 and sold roughly 50,000 copies. Jackson later released two albums, one of country music, From Nashville to You, and another of Motown hits, Stop in the Name of Love, in the mid-1990s.
1996-2002: Escape and seclusion
In 1996, Gordon attempted to force Jackson to dance at a Cleveland, Ohio, strip club. She refused to do so and in return, was booed and heckled by the predominantly male crowd. When Jackson became aware that Gordon was planning to feature her in a pornographic film she decided she’d had enough. Jackson phoned brother Randy who flew to New York to help her escape while Gordon was out. Only days later, La Toya filed for divorce from Las Vegas and sued Gordon in civil court for years of abuse under the Violence Against Women Act.
La Toya Jackson ended her estrangement with the entire Jackson family and returned home to Hayvenhurst. Jackson forgave her parents for her stifled upbringing reasoning, “I’ve come to realize that as we get older, we grow and learn a lot more. And I think that my father and my mother, they raised children the best way they know how.” According to La Toya, Michael knew that she was forced to attack him in the press against her will and he did not blame her. “He never held any of that against me, I remember when I’d got away from this total hell I’d been through where I’d been beaten, abused, controlled and forced to say those terrible things about Michael, which I didn’t for a moment believe, he held out his arms and just hugged me. I was crying saying: ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.’ He just held me tight and said: ‘I am your brother, I always knew it wasn’t you saying those words.”  Jackson’s last single of the 1990s was “Don’t Break My Heart.”
For six years afterward Jackson made few public appearances. After separating from Gordon, Jackson cloistered herself in her home and lived alone for the first time. Weary after her years of public scorn, she didn’t know what to do with her life and was afraid to perform again. Jackson struggled to rebuild her confidence but was plagued with self doubt, explaining, “I got to the point, [...] where — well, you know in the media they say things like, ‘Oh, she can’t sing. She has no talent. She can’t dance.’ I started believing that, and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God’. And I started thinking, ‘Oh gee, how could this happen to me?’ How could I start believing this?” In the wake of the September 11 attacks Jackson was moved to compose “Free the World“. She performed the song for friends to a positive reception. This spurred on Jackson to write more songs, ending up with a full album, Startin’ Over.
2003-06: Re-emergence and return to music
Jackson publicly re-emerged on Larry King Live on March 9, 2003. Her appearance caused CNN‘s phone lines to stay busy for hours and was King‘s highest-rated show in three years. Jackson announced her first musical project in six years, Startin’ Over. Startin’ Over’s lead single was 2004′s “Just Wanna Dance“, released independently under her pseudonymous nickname “Toy” in order to avoid any prejudices DJs might hold against La Toya Jackson’s name. The plan worked, with “Just Wanna Dance” reaching #13 on the US Billboard Hot Dance chart. “Free the World” was released later that year to similar success. Jackson’s label, Ja-Tail Records secured a deal with Universal Music Group to distribute the album, which was delayed several times due to extenuating circumstances. The 2003 promotional copy of Startin’ Over leaked online in 2006, however Jackson’s management revealed that the entire album was being re-recorded with an all-new track list and updated sound. That year Jackson became the spokeswoman for Australian malt beverage Star Ice’s US launch.
After Jack Gordon’s death in 2005, Jackson was free to speak more openly about the control he exerted over her life. She sent a security expert to eyewitness that Gordon had not faked his death a second time. In 2005 she appeared on ABC News to recant her previous allegations and defend brother Michael against new charges of child abuse. VH1 described Jackson as a role model having weathered various successes and setbacks. The perception of Jackson as an underdog and her support for LGBT rights has led her to be declared a gay icon.
2007-09: Armed and Famous and Celebrity Big Brother
On January 10, 2007, the reality TV show Armed & Famous premiered on CBS starring Jackson and other celebrities. The program documented Jackson’s basic training and service as a reserve police officer with the Muncie Police Department. Jackson maintains her badge by continuing to volunteer as a deputy. The show was eventually removed from the CBS lineup, due to its inability to compete with American Idol. VH1 subsequently aired the remaining episodes. On the show, Jackson demonstrated her phobia of cats, after she began hysterically screaming and locked herself in a squad car. This fear, she revealed, was caused by a childhood memory in which a relative was attacked by a cat. She underwent on-screen therapy to try to relieve her of this phobia. A single called “Armed and Famous” was planned but the title was changed to “I Don’t Play That” shortly before it was sent to radio stations, where it failed to take off, on January 29, 2007, due to CBS’ cancellation of the show.
In January 2009, Jackson was paid £103,000 to appear as a contestant on the British television program Celebrity Big Brother. She was the second member of the Jackson family to be on the show, the first being her brother Jermaine in 2007. Jackson’s goal in participating in show was to get over her shyness and “mix with people who I’d never normally meet.”  She was evicted 4th from the house and was the first evictee of the series to be cheered on her exit.
2009-11: Death of brother Michael and Home
The final version of Startin’ Over was completed in late 2008, just before Jackson joined the cast of Celebrity Big Brother. A new lead single, “Love, Honor, and Obey,” planned for a summer 2009 release, was put on hold because of the death of Jackson’s younger brother Michael. Instead, “Home” was released on the 28th of July 2009 in Michael’s memory with all proceeds going to AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of his favorite charities.
La Toya Jackson was one of the first siblings present at Reagan-UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009, after brother Michael Jackson was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac arrest. She was named as the informant on her brother’s death certificate. Jackson requested a second autopsy to be carried out after noting suspicious medical paraphernalia in Michael’s rented house, evasive behavior by his doctors, and discovering that $2 million in cash and jewels had gone missing. On July 13 an interview was published in News of the World and the Daily Mail where Jackson went public with her conclusion that Michael was murdered. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide weeks later.
In 2010 Jackson launched Dream Cream, a hand cream for German cosmetics firm Alessandro International, and named Teddy Riley head of Ja-Tail Record’s music division.
Jackson took part in NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, which aired in March 2011. Her charity for Celebrity Apprentice was AIDS Project L.A.. La Toya was “fired” from Celebrity Apprentice in episode 8 during season 11, which aired on April 24, 2011 on NBC. In an Apprentice first, Jackson was re=hired the following episode, as she felt she couldn’t defend her case. She also served as a guest judge on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Jackson’s second memoir, tentatively titled Starting Over, is set to be released in the United States in 2011 through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
- La Toya Jackson (1980)
- My Special Love (1981)
- Heart Don’t Lie (1984)
- Imagination (1986)
- La Toya (1988)
- Bad Girl (1991)
- No Relations (1991)
- Formidable (1992)
- From Nashville to You (1994)
- Stop in the Name of Love (1995)
- Startin’ Over (2011)
- Jackson co-wrote “Reggae Nights” for reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Recording. She later recorded the song for her album No Relations.
- She won one of five Outstanding Song Awards at the 1985 World Popular Song Festival in Japan, for her single “Baby Sister” 
- Jackson received a US Congressional Tribute for her participation in a “Beat It” rally and Stay In School Campaign
- She was one of the recipients of a Grammy Award for Record of the Year as a vocalist for “We Are the World“.
- Jackson’s foot prints were immortalized on Rotterdam‘s Star Boulevard Walk of Fame on 19 December 1991, originally located in Scheveningen.
- She has a namesake dessert at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood. The “La Toya Jackson Shake” consists of strawberries, raspberries, caramel, topped with whipped cream and a Cadbury flake.
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the School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia,
Ashley is one of 30 women that competed on the Bachelor. She was Rejected by Brad Womack. Maybe it was her smile or her personality but the 26-year-old dental student star was offered her own opportunity to fall in love.
Ashley will be given her own show and she will be choosing from 30 men who will be trying to get her to fall for them.